01-20-2010, 01:38 AM
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Originally Posted by southamericancichlidguy23
im doing 50 percent im gonna put my trust in u my friend is bringing over his black sponge from his fish tank gonna sqeeze it put some good bacteria in and out some carbon in and put some more stability in tommorow and fight this i wont lose the fish my one oscar just getting his tiger colors in this week
Filter squeezings from your friends sponge will help if material is kept wet in aquarium water and is done quickly so that the bacteria does not die off during transport due to lack of oxygen rich water and or food(ammonia).
As mentioned earlier , with the fish you have,the filter material may need cleaning more often than in other tanks but I would only clean the material If water flow back into the tank was being restricted or slowed down considerably. If it DOES need cleaning, it is ALWAYS best to clean it by swishing the sponge,pad,cartridge,etc around in old aquarium water you take out during water changes and then stick it back in the filter. Cleaning the filter material in Tapwater that contains chlorine or chloramines.(most have one or the other) will kill off bacteria that you need to process the ammonia,and nitrites.
You are in a tough spot. The fish you have are messy and large. If you watch an Oscar eat, you will note that a considerable amnount of what it eats passes through and across the gills and then back into the aquarium.Add to this the waste produced (poop) and in a tank that has lost it's biological filtert (good bacteria) the levels of ammonia will be problem until the beneficial bacteria can once again develop in sufficient numbers to help consume the ammonia produced by the fish. Reducing feeding for a time,water changes frequently with dechlorinators mentioned, and determination on you part can only benefit the fish. Were it me,, I would perform daily water changes of 30 to 50 percent using the dechlorinators mentioned (one or the other) no matter what the tests say. Once the tank had once again maturedor (cycled) I would continue with twice weekly 50 percent water changes for the life of the tank with the present occupants always mindful that larger tank would be much easier to maintain than crowded tank. Hoipe this helps.