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  1. Unhappy Our filter is disGUSTing!


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    Alright, so last week we noticed that all of the sudden, our filter had a bunch of algae and disgustingness where the water flows out of the top. So we cleaned it out and changed the filter and cleaned it, and now a week later, the algae is back. It never did this before. The filter is a Tetra Whisper Internal Power Filter. Does anyone have any idea what could be causing this? Thanks!

    Nicole
    10 gallon tank w/
    2 Black Skirt Hi-Fin Tetra
    1 Lemon Tetra
    2 Black Phantom Tetras
    4 Otocinclus Catfish
    3 Narrow Ridge Rasboras
    2 Long-Finned Serpae Tetras

    At the office, I have a fancy goldfish


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    It's normal, the nutrients, and oxygen are highest in the filter outflow. The algae and bio-film that builds up is working for you to clean the water. I clean it off the lip of my HOB about once a month

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    Nikita if you changed everything in the filter you will likely be dealing with a cycle in your tank.
    10 Gallon FW with Male Betta, 1 male Endler, and 5 Zebra Danios, 100 Gallon with Sevs, Acaras, Parrots and Loaches.

    Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming...

  4. Red face


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    What entails a cycle? (I'm fairly new to Aquarium lingo) And we didn't change the full power filter, just the filter insert thing...

    Nicole
    10 gallon tank w/
    2 Black Skirt Hi-Fin Tetra
    1 Lemon Tetra
    2 Black Phantom Tetras
    4 Otocinclus Catfish
    3 Narrow Ridge Rasboras
    2 Long-Finned Serpae Tetras

    At the office, I have a fancy goldfish


  5. #5

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    yeah but the insert is what holds all the bacteria.
    during a cycle you will have an ammonia spike, then a nitrite spike, and finally a nitrate spike...all are harmful and potentially deadly to your fish. If I were you I would download the free ebook from this site.
    10 Gallon FW with Male Betta, 1 male Endler, and 5 Zebra Danios, 100 Gallon with Sevs, Acaras, Parrots and Loaches.

    Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming...

  6. Unhappy


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    Well, the fish are fine. It's the algae that's built up on the filter that's bothering us. But as long as it's safe for the fish, I guess we'll just leave it.

    Nicole
    10 gallon tank w/
    2 Black Skirt Hi-Fin Tetra
    1 Lemon Tetra
    2 Black Phantom Tetras
    4 Otocinclus Catfish
    3 Narrow Ridge Rasboras
    2 Long-Finned Serpae Tetras

    At the office, I have a fancy goldfish


  7. #7

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    Monitor your water parameters closely, you are in for a mini cycle no doubt.
    8 tanks running now:
    1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
    Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.

  8. Question


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    So anytime I change the filter, I'm putting my fish in danger?

    Nicole
    10 gallon tank w/
    2 Black Skirt Hi-Fin Tetra
    1 Lemon Tetra
    2 Black Phantom Tetras
    4 Otocinclus Catfish
    3 Narrow Ridge Rasboras
    2 Long-Finned Serpae Tetras

    At the office, I have a fancy goldfish


  9. #9

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nikita706
    So anytime I change the filter, I'm putting my fish in danger?
    Yes, because you shouldn't change the filter totally...rinse it in the water you remove from your tank during a change...just swish it around a bit.
    10 Gallon FW with Male Betta, 1 male Endler, and 5 Zebra Danios, 100 Gallon with Sevs, Acaras, Parrots and Loaches.

    Just keep swimming, just keep swimming, just keep swimming, swimming, swimming...

  10. #10

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    Not necessarily, but when you completely change out the primary area that contains the bacteria colony, you will likely experience a mini cycle.
    8 tanks running now:
    1x 220 gallon, 2x55 gallon, 1x40 gallon long, 1x29 gallon, 1x20 gallon long, 1x5.5 gallon, 1x2 gallon
    Gouramis, barbs, rasboras, plecos, corys, tetras, fancy guppies, swordtails, ottos, rainbow shark, upside-down catfish, snails, and Max and Sparkles the bettas.

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