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    Default Finished Cycling

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    Got through the dreaded cloudy water from the bacterial bloom and am in the "clear" so to speak. All of the fish in the tank are fine. The charcoal bio-bags have not been changed yet and the tank has running about five weeks.

    Should I

    Change them like manufacturer says, every month

    Change them one at a time


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    What are the parameters of your tank and type of filter?

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    That's where your bacteria is. If you remove them, you will loose your cycle. Something manufacturers don't bother to tell you.

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    it's a Whisper 60 and it uses 2 large Bio-Bags. The tank is a 40 Gall

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    Just rinse them in tank water that will be discarded and when it is time to replace them, only one at a time.

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    How do you know "when" to change

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshal
    How do you know "when" to change

    From what I'm reading they should be changed when they're pretty much falling apart. I cut a slit in mine and dumped the charcoal out of them. Got a pretty good flow going after that. I used to have those bio bags on my 46 gallon. I believe you can take the clip off of the top of them and dump the charcoal right out. If you wanted to keep some charcoal just get some activated charcoal from your LFS and dump some back in there.
    27 gallon Marineland cube freshwater:
    4 Cory Catfish
    10 Red Eye Tetras
    4 neon tetras
    1 Balloon Ram
    1 Bolivian Ram

    15 gallon brackish:
    1 Figure 8 Puffer

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    Ah....rinse the bio-bag and sponge
    remove old carbon
    add fresh carbon in same bag, one at a time

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    Lightbulb Many here, Myself included run no carbon on a regular basis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marshal
    Ah....rinse the bio-bag and sponge
    remove old carbon
    add fresh carbon in same bag, one at a time
    No need to replace the carbon, Or use it at all [Unless you are removing tannins or meds from the tank.]

    Use more bio-media instead but do replace [the carbon] one at a time as previously mentioned. From there on out you simply rinse the bio media in old tank water to clean it off during your WC.
    Last edited by Goes to 11!; 06-12-2012 at 12:34 AM.
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