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  1. Default Changing filter media strips?


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    I've seen a lot of different opinions on this and I'm confused :s Am I allowed to change those filter media strips? I've been doing that as soon as they get brown and replacing them without problem, but read that that restarts my whole cycle? Am I supposed to reuse them?

    I also read I can use sponges instead of the filter media strips?

    Ahh I'm so confused!
    "Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?" - Fanny Crosby

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    It might help to know more about your filter as well

    Almost all of the bacteria that your tank needs will be in the filter media. Once you remove the filter media you will remove the bacteria and you will have to grow more (a partial cycle at least)

    Generally speaking ,you can clean out your filter media on old tank water. It will always have a brownish color to it but that is OK. I have some filter media (sponges) that are going on 3 years old now even tho the filter manufacture says I should replace it every 3 months or so. You can keep re-using most bio filter media until it starts to fall apart
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

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    Thanks so much for explaining. I was worried if it got brown it wouldn't be effective for cleaning the water.

    My filter also has this black strip thing - I know, wonderfully descriptive, right? It looks sort of like the filter media I buy, except it's a bit smaller, looks like it's made of mesh and doesn't need to be replaced. I get that this is a really bad description, but if anyone has any idea what I'm talking about, does that hold the beneficial bacteria as well?
    "Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?" - Fanny Crosby

  4. #4

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    What type of filter do you have ?
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

  5. #5

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    I know what you're speaking of. All that is for is to remove larger particles. It's like a woven plastic mesh.

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    The filter in question is Tetra PF10 :) and yeah Hobbs that's it
    "Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?" - Fanny Crosby

  7. #7

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    I assume this filter is on a very small tank? That filter is not much good for anything much over 5 gallons, if that.

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    It's for my ten gallon, it's what came with the tank I've realized recently I should double my filtration and will be doing then when I have a bit more money. Right now I do two water changes a week that keep the water looking nice and clear.
    "Can ye fathom the ocean, dark and deep, where the mighty waves and the grandeur sweep?" - Fanny Crosby

  9. #9

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    Most of the time, the filter that comes with a tank or "kit" will be inadequate to filter the tank it comes with - it would be nice if manufacturers included a filter that handled double the size of the tank but we are left to learn what we need and either upgrade to a larger filter or add a 2nd filter.
    46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
    5 gal QT
    Remember: Our job is to take care of the water our fish live in

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    Before buying a filter, read up on them and ask questions here. That will get you a good filter at the best price. For a ten gal tank, HOB's are a good choice but there are a few types.

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