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post #41 of 48 Old 03-01-2009, 03:46 PM Thread Starter
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Wait, I thought you were supposed to change the cartridge at least once a month?
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post #42 of 48 Old 03-01-2009, 08:23 PM
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Thats what the people that make and sell filter media say to do. When I first started keeping fish, I did change mine out every month. Then I started reading about people not using carbon and not changing their media out till it was falling apart.
It was working for them, so I started doing it. Allot less money spent on filter media, and with all the good bacteria growing on the media it makes since to use it as long as you can.
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That does make sense! Thanks!
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post #44 of 48 Old 03-02-2009, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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So, Today is Monday, and I am going to wait until Thursday to buy more fish. The only thing is, I was wondering if I should do another 50% water change? Or, because I have already done that do I need to again?
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Check your nitrate level. If it under 40ppm it should be safe to add more fish.
If its above 40, I would go with another water change.
Good luck with the new fish!

Also, make sure nitirite and ammonia are zero before adding fish.

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post #46 of 48 Old 03-02-2009, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Okay, thanks! You have been a really big help. Thanks for all of your advice! :) I will let you know how it goes.
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So, I got three swordtails today. It was an adventure acclimating them to the tank. First of all, one of the swordtails is really aggressive to the other two. I think that two of them are the same type of swordtail and one is a different type of swordtail. The one that is different is being aggressive to the other two. Anyways, while they were in the bag, the one started to attack the other two so much that I was afraid they were going to die or something, so I tried to net out the aggressive one. That didn't work as it was just making them all more and more stressed out. So, I tried to wait longer to see what would happen. Well, because the one would not stop attacking the other two, I needed to let them out. So, I tried, but it didn't work, so I had to dump the whole bag in. I do trust the store I got them from. He's very thorough about cleaning his tanks and making sure they're water levels are kept where they should be.

But, so, now the swordtail that is being aggressive wont let the other two eat anything! What do you think I should do now?

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post #48 of 48 Old 03-06-2009, 08:08 AM
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You may want to start a new thread on swordtails.
I do not want to try to give advise, since I have not kept swordtails myself.
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