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Old 03-26-2012, 11:21 PM   #31
 
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Welcome to the forum! I'm new myself. People here are very helpful. Especially Byron, of course.

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other than a few liters used to wash the filter media every week had no water changed in 12 year
Maybe I have misunderstood something, I have not been doing this very long, but aren't you supposed to rinse out your filter with tank water so as not to remove the bacteria?

I'm not saying don't add fresh water to your tank, I do weekly water changes, but I thought fresh water and a filter was a bad idea.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:24 PM   #32
 
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Welcome to the forum! I'm new myself. People here are very helpful. Especially Byron, of course.



Maybe I have misunderstood something, I have not been doing this very long, but aren't you supposed to rinse out your filter with tank water so as not to remove the bacteria?

I'm not saying don't add fresh water to your tank, I do weekly water changes, but I thought fresh water and a filter was a bad idea.
Always wash anything associated with your tank in aquarium water..washing filter media in tap water will kill the bacteria and cause a mini cycle in your tank.

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Old 03-26-2012, 11:26 PM   #33
 
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Exception to washing in aquarium water, is when you are setting up a new tank and cannot rinse things in anything but tap water unless you have another tank already.

Gravel / sand being the obvious one to wash in tap water.
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:36 PM   #34
 
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It just has to be water that as been treated for chlorine. So DI or RO or even tab water that you put conditioner in will work. Though aquarium water would be easier since.you are pulling some out durning water changed anyways. Well for those who do actually do water changes. Those who don't can use the other just fine and it won't kill the bacteria off.
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Old 03-27-2012, 07:28 AM   #35
 
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Old 03-27-2012, 11:21 AM   #36
 
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As the subject of rinsing filter media has come up, I'll just point out that I have always rinsed mine under the tap. I don't recommend this for a new tank, but once a tank is established, there really is no point in fussing over this.

Many forget that bacteria colonize and live on every surface covered by water. There is tons more bacteria in the substrate than any filter.

Live plants also factor into this; with plants you are not bothered with increasing nitrifying bacteria, as the plants are doing this task and better, since when they use ammonia there is no nitrite resulting.

Another point is that in a dirty filter, the anaerobic and facultative bacteria have likely killed off much of the nitrifying bacteria anyway, and using tap water will get rid of these too. Which leaves the filter media in a better state. You can check out my article on bacteria for more info on this.

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Old 03-27-2012, 11:51 AM   #37
 
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Thanks for the clarification Byron.
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Old 03-27-2012, 12:01 PM   #38
 
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Something we all need to remember:
The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]

Read more: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...#ixzz1qKklH5x8


Byron - love the quote in your signature line. So true!
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Old 03-27-2012, 03:12 PM   #39
 
Don't have anything to contribute, just have to say that I'm impressed with the TFK community. This could have easily turned into a "flame war" against the OP, but every one here stayed mature and respectful while still posting great information and opinions. LOVE THIS SITE!!!
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