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Old 04-17-2010, 12:31 PM   #11
 
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Lastly--you are not a pain. Keep asking questions, and keep us posted. We are here to offer help, we have all gone through these cycling issues.
So true, so true!
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:44 PM   #12
 
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thanks for the help guys. I've been feeding once a day and I havent seen any more of that white stuff since that day. The fish have been active and swimming around. I'm glad to know I'm not a pain. Its good to have actual fish experts helping me out.

I do have one last question tho. I have an Aqua-Tech 20-40 Gal power filter for my tank, How often do I change the filter inside? I was told at the fish store not to for the cycle but I have been cleaning it every time I change the water only because I worry it's not gonna filter any more... I havent touched the biofilter tho I know at least that much lol...
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Old 04-21-2010, 08:03 PM   #13
 
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Filter media should be rinsed as needed to keep them free of "stuff" that will clog and impede the flow of water through the filter. This varies from tank to tank and depends upon the number and type of fish. As long as the water is still going through the media and pads, and not being blocked such that it either slows down or manages to circumvent the media, it is fine. Media does not need replacing until it literally wears out or falls apart. Some stores and manufacturers want us to buy filter pads and media much more often than we need to, for obvious reasons.

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Old 04-25-2010, 03:24 AM   #14
 
Guko you are in very good hands. I have done the hardy fish cycle myself. It can work (cherry barbs spawned 4 generations, surviving unfathomable toxins ), but it is cruel. I will not ever take this route again. My best advice to you is to soak up the knowledge and wisdom from these great people. And don't worry about nagging, they understand and have had a first tank. Ask the questions you have and learn what you need to

Hope all goes well
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