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post #21 of 29 Old 02-01-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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I think they will probably go back, it was a nice idea but I'm watching them from here and my poor catfish have stuffed themselves behind the filter again! I havent even seen them come down for food :(
Everyone else is carrying on as normal thats the odd thing! they are the smallest of the 'medium sized' fish so they go for anything else and I think they will be in for it!

I'm probably going to the other store to get a new betta in the next few weeks so if I have no luck with the cory I suppose I can get them there! never easy is it!?

Awwww! your cory and betta must look so sweet huddle up together! my little boy was so anti-social he couldnt even live with the Otto I put in there for all of 1 minute!

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I think they will probably go back, it was a nice idea but I'm watching them from here and my poor catfish have stuffed themselves behind the filter again! I havent even seen them come down for food :(
Everyone else is carrying on as normal thats the odd thing! they are the smallest of the 'medium sized' fish so they go for anything else and I think they will be in for it!

I'm probably going to the other store to get a new betta in the next few weeks so if I have no luck with the cory I suppose I can get them there! never easy is it!?

Awwww! your cory and betta must look so sweet huddle up together! my little boy was so anti-social he couldnt even live with the Otto I put in there for all of 1 minute!

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No, never easy.

I'd love to get a shot of it but as soon as there is any light, they are up and looking for food. Oscar (the betta) sleeps with the cats and eats with the barbs.

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Awwww!! My betta slept ontop of his filter output! Everything in the other tank just float around in their own little groups! corys sleep under a short plant- all four huddled together!

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post #24 of 29 Old 02-02-2013, 09:54 AM
Just curious- getting back to your original problem, had you been doing weekly water changes all along? If so, how much? Is the tank heavily planted? What kind of filter/filter media do you have?

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post #25 of 29 Old 02-03-2013, 12:31 PM Thread Starter
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I always do a weekly change of around 50% with a gravelvac and clean every other week.
I have an internal filter with sponge and carbon & zeolite cartridge. Thats my new filter its currently running alongside my older foam only filer that also pumps air.
When I take the old filter out I will be pitting air in there.
Tank isnt planted.
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Another question if anyone has done this before, how long should I run my new filter alongside my old one? Best I can find online is "a couple of weeks" are we talking like two or more like five?

Thanks again all! :)
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Another question if anyone has done this before, how long should I run my new filter alongside my old one? Best I can find online is "a couple of weeks" are we talking like two or more like five?

Thanks again all! :)
If you run them, two weeks minimum, turn off the old, test the water after a few hours. If ammonia and nitrites are zero, test again in a day. If still zero, good to go. If it rises, turn the old back on for a few more days to a week as the new may not be established yet.

Repeat until you get good results without the old one running.

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Will do, thank you! :)
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Will do, thank you! :)
It's worth noting that this is actually cycling the new filter from scratch, not transferring what is in the other which is why it takes a while but not as long as a full tank cycle.

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