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05-01-2012, 03:34 AM #1
Lost my cycle (and I'm blaming carbon)
I was cleaning one of my filter catridges (in old tank water) and, well, it was one of those ones with carbon built into it. The wool had weakened and the carbon was too heavy and it completely fell apart.
I've got some cycled filter media. Only, it's those cartridges sized 'small' (with carbon. I can't get away from it). The filter I'm using requires 'large'. I have it in right now, but a lot of water is passing over it without touching any of that goody benificial bacteria.
I won't be able to get any more media until tomorrow night, and then I've got to cycle it all over again ... bleh. Other than daily water changes (I'm thinking around the 50% mark), is there anything else I can do to help with the cycle and keep my fish safe?"Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?" - Fanny Crosby
05-01-2012, 04:42 AM #2
If the old filter cartridge hasn't dried out I would stuff it in the filter with the smaller cartridge without the carbon. I have a filter that uses cartridges like that and I usually cut the carbon out and stuff it with filter floss before I put it in the filter. This way when the wool on the outside disintegrates I just take the floss out of that bag and stuff it into the new one.When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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05-01-2012, 12:55 PM #3
0Originally Posted by mommy1"Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?" - Fanny Crosby
05-01-2012, 01:02 PM #4
If you can, buy a better filter that does not force you to keep buying cartridges - in the long run, you will save $$$ and you will not have these issues!
05-01-2012, 03:15 PM #5
You need an ammonia test kit as you should be testing for ammonia. If the test results come back positive for ammonia, do an immediate water change to lower ammonia.
Nitrifying bacteria does adhere to every surface in the tank. Hopefully there's enough to repopulate your filter cartridge. But you do need to test for ammonia and do water changes accordingly.
Don't be surprised if a bacterial bloom occurs.
Last edited by Taurus; 05-01-2012 at 03:21 PM.When in doubt, do a water change.
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05-01-2012, 03:19 PM #6
0Originally Posted by Cermet
That would be a good long term plan. For now, the cartridge filter is fine.When in doubt, do a water change.
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05-01-2012, 10:50 PM #7
I just used my last testing strip, and everything looked normal. I'll get another one as soon as I have the funds to do so.
When I went to buy another catridge, I was advised to get foam instead because it would last longer. I got AquaClear Filter Insert Foam, will it accumulate beneficial bacteria?"Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?" - Fanny Crosby
05-01-2012, 11:07 PM #8
0Originally Posted by TheVoldevader
I use filter foam in all my filters. Every brand I've seen, and I've seen or owned very many, can use foam pads of some sort or size.
05-02-2012, 01:35 AM #9
In my filters that require large refills I got some plastic clamshell things that fit the holder. then you can cut out foam and floss and have it contained in the clamshell.
05-02-2012, 10:55 PM #10
[QUOTE... some plastic clamshell things that fit the holder. then you can cut out foam and floss and have it contained in the clamshell.[/QUOTE]
Such as these
Junior and Regular Bio3 Cartridges fit Foster & Smith Aquatics Bio System Power Filters and Whisper filters. Junior fits Bio System Power Filter Model 15, Whisper E, Jr, 10, and Whisper In-Tank Filters 10i. Regular fits Bio System Power Filter Model 25, 35, 55, 75, Whisper C, 1, 2, 3, 20, 30, 40, 60, and all Triad filters.
Emperor Bio3 Cartridges fit Emperor 280 and 400 filters.
Penguin Bio3 Cartridges fit Penguin 125 & 150, Regent Aquatech 10-20, Neptune 20, and Penguin 170, 200, 330, and 350.