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New tank... now what?
Old 03-07-2009, 09:52 PM   #1
 
New tank... now what?

So i have a 5 gallon tank *in pic* and i got it second hand off craigslist. Do i need to get a new filter? its kinda greenish. i am kinda new to filters and all, since i just 2 bettas and thats it. I am either putting a betta OR a dwarf puffer in here. if the DP's it will get cycled, other wise, probably not
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Old 03-07-2009, 11:54 PM   #2
 
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If the water looks like it flows fine, then I would say that the filter is good to go! You may find that you wont need to cycle the tank if the tank was running up until you acquired it.
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Old 03-08-2009, 12:35 PM   #3
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If the filter media has been kept wet you should have a much shorter cycle time. If it's dry, then you might as well replace it because it may have some nasty bacteria on it by now. I would honestly cycle it either way because a 5 gal is a pain to do 100% water changes on.

Have fun with it!! :)
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Old 03-08-2009, 09:07 PM   #4
 
Hmmm. good idea kim, didn't think about that. Next time i go to eugene ill get a new filter, it hasn't been constantly wet, but the water runs just fine, just takes a few seconds to get going... *i thought i read somewhere that you aren't supposed to run a filter dry even for a few minutes, and it makes this horrible sound when you first turn it on. It turns out it just needs a second to work... lol, i thought it was going to be a dud*
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