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Keep replacing filters every week?
Old 11-30-2009, 02:04 AM   #11
 
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Well...I used carbon for the first week I had my fish in, and ever since then, I haven't used it. Plants are a far more effective method of "chemical filtration." Even then, you still dont need carbon really once the biological filtration system is complete. If your dosing the tank with a lot of meds, you can use carbon the soak it all up, but the easiest way to do that is place a panty hose full of carbon or something near the filter where circulation is strong. Thats what I do sometimes and it works fine. I just reuse my filter pads over and over, just rinsing them clean in the dirty tank water I gather when I do wc. And yeah, I took a closer look at my aqueon fiilter, mine doesnt forcefully jet out water, it just pours out. It runs through the little water polisher thing, so you should be good, unless it is running over the top of the filter or something.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:28 AM   #12
 
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My tank is about midaway through cycling now, would carbon be a good thing to get?
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:36 AM   #13
 
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My tank is about midaway through cycling now, would carbon be a good thing to get?
You really do not need Carbon unless you're medicating the tank! The very best way to keep your tank stable over a long period of time is to add plants. (This is hassle free, no need to replace nothing and cheap in the long run rather then buying new carbon).
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:08 PM   #14
 
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Thanks! I've got two water wisterias in my tank right now, I'm hoping they'll bring my nitrites down.
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Old 11-30-2009, 07:07 PM   #15
 
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Thanks! I've got two water wisterias in my tank right now, I'm hoping they'll bring my nitrites down.
If you can add some more or add something like Cabomba, Ludwigia, any Vallisneria...anything fast growing pretty much. 2 plants on 20g is kinda slim.
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Old 11-30-2009, 08:58 PM   #16
 
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Yeah, I'm very new to plants and my local petsmart has a limited selection.

Hey, is there anything a person can do to improve their filter with stuff they have at home? ie a clean, new sponge? The filter in my Aqueon 20 is basically 2 layers of poly batting.
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:25 PM   #17
 
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If you can get some swords, great plants, hardy, grow strong; often available at chain stores. Cabomba is good but not always an easy plant. Floating plants usually help with cycling, water sprite (Ceratopteris) or even duckweed (it is a weed, multiplies like crazy, but a tremendous water filter; Diana Walstad uses it for that). Vallisneria definitely good too. Pennywort is an easy stem plant, another quick grower so good water cleaner.

Ordinary sponges might be too dense to work in filters. You might be able to buy filter sponges and cut them to size...not sure, seems likely. B.
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:27 PM   #18
 
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My local store doesn't have any floating plants. Would bamboo work?
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Old 11-30-2009, 09:33 PM   #19
 
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My local store doesn't have any floating plants. Would bamboo work?
I know of bamboo stalks being used as decor in SE Asian swamp setups, but dried. No idea if it will live submerged... Another thought is certain house plants next to the tank with tendrils in the water. I know philodendron will grow marvellously this way, removing nitrates from the water. Of course, some may be poisonous. B.
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Old 12-06-2009, 04:33 PM   #20
 
The only live plants I have in my tank is bamboo (not dried, live) and, though I don't know how well it filters the water, It does survive and it makes my tank look really interesting, especially in my Asian-themed room. You can buy it cheap at many grocery stores and if you buy different sizes, you can put them all close together to make a little "forest". It does tend to float but not so much that it's a problem. Just stick it into a 2" pile of gravel and you're set.
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