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Old 02-18-2013, 03:48 PM   #11
 
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Keep changing water until it reaches 0. There shouldn't be ANY ammonia in your tank.


Are you sure you want to stay with carbon filters? You'll have to replace the carbon often. If you're looking to stay with carbon; what filter do you use? Some carbon filters come with a filter bag that you can open up to refresh the carbon, thus being able to keep the BB on the filter bag.

With sponge and ceramic media you won't be replacing them unless they're falling apart. If you'd like to look into sponge and ceramic media, check out these products:
These would be your sponge(s):
Fluval Canister Filter Foam Blocks for Models 104 - 404, from Hagen - Filter Media - Fish - PetSmart
AquaClear 20 Foam Filter Inserts - Filter Media - Fish - PetSmart
Fluval® C2 Poly/Foam Pad - Filter Media - Fish - PetSmart
HBH Aqua-Pure Filter Media - Filter Media - Fish - PetSmart (I believe you would cut to fit these ones)
Marineland Bonded Filter Pads at PETCO (I used this one, it is one you would cut to fit)

And your ceramic media:
Fluval BioMax Media - Filter Media - Fish - PetSmart
Marineland® Ceramic Filter Rings - Filter Media - Fish - PetSmart
AquaClear® BioMax Filter Insert - Filter Media - Fish - PetSmart (I use this one, it actually comes in it's own baggie)
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:53 PM   #12
 
It was not an impulse purchase, but I did not do near enough research and I listened to some" idiots" I assumed knew what they were talking about. I purchased a 10g starter kit with heater and LED lights and I bought an air pump with a long airstone.

After asking the "idiots" about my current issues, their answer was chemicals and I knew that could not be right.

So, to answer why I am using carbon is because that is what came with the kit and I bought a box of refills.

On one side of the tray I have a black filter that looks like a window air conditioner filter and on the other side is where the white pockets with the carbon are inserted.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:56 PM   #13
 
Fishy, I did not see your post before.

Yes, they are the kind I can replace the carbon only if I choose.
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Old 02-18-2013, 03:59 PM   #14
 
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Sounds like we are all having a communication problem. Would it be possible to get a picture of the filter arrangement so we can provide some better advice. I just can't visualise it.
Sorry if I was abrupt
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:14 PM   #15
 
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Sounds like we are all having a communication problem. Would it be possible to get a picture of the filter arrangement so we can provide some better advice. I just can't visualise it.
Sorry if I was abrupt
I agree.

Also, jmecon, your filter can be converted from a carbon to a sponge filter. I'm not trying to get you to switch to sponge/ceramic. I'm just offering you a more economical choice. Lasts longer and is cheaper. Ya can't beat that!
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:23 PM   #16
 
I tried to get a picture on here, but nothing is cooperating with me.

This is what I have
Top Fin® Power Filters and Filtration Cartridges - Fish - Sale - PetSmart

If there is a better/affordable solution than using the carbon, then I'm all for it!
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:31 PM   #17
 
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ah yes!
To make the switch just get a sponge that will fit the area that your media goes into. Your ceramic media will fit directly behind your sponge.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:38 PM   #18
 
Great! I want to make sure I understand correctly...The sponge will go on the thing I called a tray and the ceramic will go loose in the back?
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:39 PM   #19
 
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Ahh I see. Ok so you have the carbon pads with floss sewn in. And a vertical black sponge version. Is that correct? Is there a recess where the water flows out that could house the ceramic noodles.
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Old 02-18-2013, 04:43 PM   #20
 
yes, there is room to put to put the noodles. The area back there is 1" X 3"
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