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Old 12-17-2009, 12:46 PM   #1
 
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Ok its been about a month since my last filter pad change, and last time i took it out ended up losing bad bacteria all that had a tank outburst problems. I dont want to do that. My filter pads is covered in debree and its blocking the water from passing through it now. Is there a way i can clean the waste off of it without removing alot of the good bacteria??
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Old 12-17-2009, 12:49 PM   #2
 
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Yes. With your next water change, take the pad out and rinse it/shake it in the dirty tank water. The loose debris will come off but you will not lose your beneficial bacteria and cause your tank to go through a mini cycle.
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Old 12-17-2009, 01:23 PM   #3
 
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Just rinse it in the bucket with the "dirty" tank water when you do w/c, don't use tap water (will also kill off bacteria). Them pads only really need replacement when falling apart on you, otherwise rinsing it out in the bucket to get the large dirt off of it will be plenty sufficient
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:45 PM   #4
 
Ok also when i do this, should i replace the carbon in the bag or no? or should i add more in?
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Old 12-17-2009, 02:54 PM   #5
 
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What kind of filter do you have? Carbon is really only good for removing meds and is pretty much a waste otherwise. Do you agree, Angel?
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:26 PM   #6
 
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All great advice.

For the carbon, you don't need to keep replacing it. It is just another expense in my opinion that can be avoided. As Lisa stated, it is typically used mainly to remove medication, also discoloration from tannins and foul smells.

I am also curious on what make/model filter we are dealing with.
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:56 PM   #7
 
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Leave the carbon out completely, useless unless the tank's just been medicated. On top, carbon is only active so long anyway after that you may as well not have it in the filter.
So safe your $ and just clean off the pad every so often of all major dirt and put it back in, done
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Old 12-17-2009, 03:58 PM   #8
 
Its a tetra whisper 60 power filter, Before i joined the forum there was a sale on bundle pack of bio bags and carbon included so i bought it so now i have a bunch that i probly wont use.
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Old 12-17-2009, 05:29 PM   #9
 
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If this is not a planted tank, by which I mean fairly heavily planted, I would use the carbon since you already have it. In planted aquaria carbon is thought to remove nutrients from the water that the plants need, although this is debated among the authorities. But most recommend skipping the carbon in planted tanks. But in non-planted tanks you don't have the benefit of the tremendous filtration of the water that live plants perform, so carbon will certainly not hurt the fish and may be better depending upon your fish, tank volume, and water quality.

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Old 12-17-2009, 05:53 PM   #10
 
Ok im not heavily plants, however i am trying to move more towards it, so i think ill go with a bag of carbon untill i eventually get more plants in it.
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