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  1. #21

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    Quote Originally Posted by fishmommie View Post
    both. Don't change either one out. Keep them until they fall apart - could be years - regardless of what the mfg says. the charcoal is basically there to help with water clarity but after a month, it's useless. doesn't hurt to leave it as even BB will grow on the charcoal. So bottom line, keep both and if either need rinsed (and it should be good brown and gucky before you do that) again, rinse in old tank water.
    FYI - after your cycle is complete and your tank is good and established, you can cut a hole in the floss surrounding the charcoal if you want, dump it out and stuff some filter floss into the cartridge to replace it.

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    If/when you buy the new filter, it will come with a sponge and a bag of bio-media, which looks like little ceramic pellets...once you have cycled, and are ready to add the new filter, you will take the holey-sponge from the Whisper (it's attached to a frame, just gently pull it off) while still wet with tank water and BB and fold it up and put it into the new are transferring the BB that you grew...along with the sponge the new filter comes with and the new bio-media...instead of the charcoal, I bought more of the ceramic pellets and used those instead, will hold up alot longer than the charcoal will.
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