02-25-2009, 11:31 AM
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Hi I was reading your post. It is always a good idea to reuse the exsiting filter pad by cutting out the pad and putting it infront of the new filter pad This depends on your filter pads.It has good beneficial biological activity on the old filter pad. But do not rinse it. The new filter pad should only be rinsed in treated water in a bucket. You do not want city water on those pads because of chlorine and cloramine. I have a canister filter that has 4 pads in it. I have a 55. gal tank but have a filter system for a 75 gal tank. I was told that a bigger filter system is better for the tank. I put new pads in the back and move the old ones in the back into the front. This way you don't get rid of the beneficial colony in the filter. This will keep your tank water clear. I also use this stuff called Cycle once a week in all my tank or you can use this stuff By Tetra called EasyBalance keeps aquarium water biologically balanced for up to 6 months. Good Luck on your tank. I hope this helps your water in your tank.