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 #6006  by Vorteil
 04 Dec 2018 04:49
He's an easy way for me to figure if my Opae's were eating or not the biofilm and the few times I fed a small amount of spirulina powder

Pics showing the poop at the bottom.


Here the opae are at the tops edge eating bilfilm.
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 #6010  by Paulao
 04 Dec 2018 09:05
@Vorteil How do you handle all those load of poop? leave it as it is or vacuum it once in a while?
 #6015  by Algae In Space
 04 Dec 2018 15:18
I am always wondering myself what the best method would be. In my old tank I just siphoned the substrate once in a while but I would always leave a little for tank balance. When you leave the poop for months or years and stir the whole thing up the water will be nicely hazy :smile:
 #6017  by odin
 04 Dec 2018 17:28
I tend to just leave it in my tanks :laugh:
 #6018  by Paulao
 04 Dec 2018 18:55
@odin a question, if you leave it and it accumulates, doesn't it foul the water? in the case where you have lots of shrimp in a tank and with no filter
 #6046  by Algae In Space
 05 Dec 2018 17:17
By the way: I always thought that Opa ula make quite a bit of mess in relation to their size. One could call them active poopers :smile:
 #6047  by odin
 05 Dec 2018 19:58
Paulao wrote:@odin a question, if you leave it and it accumulates, doesn't it foul the water? in the case where you have lots of shrimp in a tank and with no filter
I haven't witnessed any issues and the water stays healthy for me.
 #6048  by Vorteil
 05 Dec 2018 22:26
I just leave it. I try to not disturb the jars. I open them up one a week for air exchange only. Only one of my tanks had sand for a substrate. All the others usa small lava rocks. If you disturb the sand/gravel you could end up releasing the amonia that's trapped in there. I don't feel it will harm the opae. All my opae were fed freeze dried spirulina only at one point in time. All the tanks water is crystal clear even the tank I fed every few days. Granted the glass may look hazy due to the fact that I don't scrub it down often. The algae just build up over time. I will clean sometime this week and take new pics of the tanks only. Jars will stay the same.