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post #11 of 14 Old 11-12-2012, 02:07 PM Thread Starter
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Okay so Should I just do 80% water changes for 3 days and see how it goes...

Do you have any advice about the filter question that I had above:i bought a new filter that is much better than the tetra whisper. It should be here in about a week!

Also I didn't realize that carbon is bad in a tank with plants. Can I just turn remove the tetra whisper for a week. I would still have the sponge filter in there and add the new HOB filter when it comes in I was just going to use a sponge and biomax

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post #12 of 14 Old 11-12-2012, 02:55 PM
Yea, as long as you leave the sponge in the system your leaving the good bacteria there to do its job. I'd keep doing 50% water changes until your system numbers come down. Remember though, that your probably going to have to keep this up unitl that cycle is complete.
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post #13 of 14 Old 11-12-2012, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I have been doing daily water changes for three months now and I will keep doing them until its ready!

Only thing is I will be leaving in about five weeks I will be out of town for a bout a month. I will be taking him with me but leaving his tank here, so I don't know what will happen to it while Im gone. Without waterchanges and without the temperature being controlled the tank should finish cycling while im gone right?

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Yeah I have been doing daily water changes for three months now and I will keep doing them until its ready!

Only thing is I will be leaving in about five weeks I will be out of town for a bout a month. I will be taking him with me but leaving his tank here, so I don't know what will happen to it while Im gone. Without waterchanges and without the temperature being controlled the tank should finish cycling while im gone right?
Yes, that may be advantageous. If there are live plants, keep the lights on/off via a timer. The biological system will continue in slow motion perhaps, but it will remain. Some snails might help if you have any, the small ones like pond snails or Malaysian Livebearing.

I have a 20g tank that is planted with spare plants that I keep running as normal, but it has no fish. I use it for my quarantine for new fish, and I never have problems putting a bunch of new fish in after the tank has been fishless for months.

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