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    Default The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    This is a 55 gallon tank at the end of the day. These five 10 month old discus are still fed heavily (6 times per day)
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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    This is all the dirt (feces).

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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    See how it collects at one end?
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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    This tank is drained into the bathtub - others are drained out the back door
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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    Aged water is pumped back into the tank from the storage barrels. See how I use the Aqua Clear lid to hold the end of the hose into the filter to refill this tank?
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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    Here is a close up of the faucet adapter. You unscrew the one on the faucet and remove it along with the mesh strainer.

    I like the metal adapters they last longer than plastic.
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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    The hose attaches to the sink and the barrels are refilled for tomorrow. Each barrel has a heater that just lays in the bottom of the tank. I've never had a problem as the water absorbs the heat so the plastic does not melt. The water is agitated for three hours and heated overnight for use the next day.
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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    Carol your tanks are immaculate along with your Discus.

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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    A bathroom is now a fish room ))) How sweet .. ;D



    I am impressed. ........

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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    Carol,
    You have might have been asked this before but where did you get the storage barrels?
    I really like the setup, especially the kitchen.

    ;D ;D ;D

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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    I bought my barrels from a farm supply store. Camping stores may have them too. I've read that pepsi syrup comes in similiar barrels.

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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    Hi Carol...

    I don't see any sponge filters in your tanks....u dont' use them?

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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    I keep two sponge filters running - each is in a 29 gallon tank. I remove the aqua clears and use sponges with new freeswimmers. Once the babies are big enough I add the Aqua Clears back

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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    I went to Home Depot last week to look for barrels like the ones Carol have, but alas all they had were these...

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    Default Re:The ease of cleaning bare bottom tanks

    ...and this is what happened. When the thing tipped over the heater burned a mark on my carpet, and worst, the whole carpet stinks. Now it'll need to be professionally cleaned. Paid for my stupid mistake big time.

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