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post #1 of 9 Old 04-17-2007, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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Question About New Tank Syndrome

Hey there! I have a 10 gallon tank that I set up just over a week ago. I have been reading about New Tank Syndrome and have learned alot. One question though, Is it ok to rinse out the filter pad? Or does it need to stay dirty to help with bacteria populations? I had planed on rinsing weekly and changing monthly - along with a 25% water change every 2 weeks. Does this sound like a good plan?

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post #2 of 9 Old 04-17-2007, 07:02 AM
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i would go for 20-25% water changes every week rather than every 2 weeks.

most filters have more than one pad in them. its a good idea to chane/rinse one at a time so that a lot of the bacteria is still there in the toher pad rather than removing it all completely. i dont change mine each time either, i rinse them and only change once in a while as well. too expensive changing them all the time.

good luck with your tank :)
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-17-2007, 08:07 AM
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I would also change the water weekly. How are you pads getting so dirty?
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-17-2007, 11:52 AM Thread Starter
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its not that its dirty, i just want to prevent it from getting dirty, just to maintain i guess.
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post #5 of 9 Old 04-17-2007, 11:58 AM
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when it has cycled, what fish do you plan to put in it? the type of fish in the tank can dramatically affect how dirty it will get
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post #6 of 9 Old 04-17-2007, 03:22 PM Thread Starter
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Well I already have three - did that before reading to start with only two hardy fish . . .oops But I have a male crowntail betta, an african dwarf frog and a rubber lipped pleco. But I might take the pleco back, I think it tried to eat my frog the other day. I don't think I'll add much more since it's only a ten gallon - I don't want to over crowd.
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post #7 of 9 Old 04-17-2007, 03:26 PM
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it would be a good idea to take the plec back. i dont know about him eating the frog - it seems unlikely, but he will grow far too big. they generally reach about 12" but can grow more.

if it were me id leave the tank for the betta, and add 4 cories maybe. i find that cories dont bother bettas because they keep mainly to the bottom.

one thing i would add though, if you are adding anymore fish keep a good eye on your betta, if he seems to be getting aggressive with the new fish, i know this seems really silly but take the betta out and put him in a wee container for half an hour while you are adding the other fish, then put him back in the tank. this isnt guaranteed to work obviously as all fish are different but i have found that my betta doesnt bother anything that was in the tank before him, but anything that goes in afterwards he abhores!
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post #8 of 9 Old 04-17-2007, 03:52 PM
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Id leave the filter alone for a few weeks to let everything get established.
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post #9 of 9 Old 04-23-2007, 10:32 PM
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Hi Gwen.

Just an FYI- I actually had a dwarf african frog and was told when purchasing that he should not go into the tank with my pleco, because as the pleco gets larger he will attempt to eat the frog!

What sort of tank/filler do you have? If it's an eclipse, the pads can be rinsed and changed every 2 weeks, but I would wait to rinse the pad until the tank is cycled. Also, I would plan on a weekly water change.


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