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Clown tank dust crisis!

Posted By: Tibor <tibor@tiborsrealm.com>
Date: Wednesday, 9 August 2000, at 7:46 p.m.

Hi all,

Subject get ya? :-) Urgent question - anyone have any tips for getting "dust" out of the tankwater? I'm running a 20-gallon tank with a TopFin 30-gallon tank filter (crumby filter, I think, but it all came bundled). I don't want to get a new one, because I'm saving for my 55-gallon. And it's never been this bad, either. It's due a gravel cleaning (done twice weekly), but sheesh! Anyway, I'm worried because I read that clowns don't like DOC, and while this obviously isn't dissolved since it's visible, it's definitely turning my water "milky".

My first and immediate knee-jerk reaction has been to affix a coffee filter to the uptube of the power filter; the water flow has halved since I did this, so I think I have successfully forced the water through the filter. I can't keep it in there long, though, I would think, as it'll undoubtedly deteriorate. I'm about to do a 50% water change (clowns are used to it and tap is usually 79F to the 80F the tank's kept at).

Anyway, any cool tricks besides buying a diatomic filter would be much appreciated! The filter cartridge doesn't really have that much carbon in it; would adding more help any? It's also less than a week old (the cartridge), so I know the carbon hasn't "dumped" or anything like that. The tank's never crystal clear, and has been worse (pre-clowns). Meanwhile, I'm reducing feed because I usually overfeed anyways. Oh, and I also corys which might be sensitive to it too? Oh, and I just cleaned out the whole friggin' filter just over half a week ago because it was coated in brown algae. Could be the problem? I also returned home today to find stuff crystalizing on my glass

I'm sweating erectible spines here! Thanks in advance!

Tibor.
 

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