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water getting very dirty?
Old 03-17-2012, 08:17 PM   #31
 
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Actually at my local wallymart a bag of the polyester fiberfil is $4.00 !!! They also have a polyester fiberfil batt that's worth a look too.
yea I sprung for the batting cause it was already the thickness I wanted to fit into my clamshell media holder, anyway still a very cost effective way to filter the water. I also live in New York where we get taxed for everything, anything we buy we add 10% for sales tax. Damn government
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:32 PM   #32
 
Thanks for all the help people. I did a major tank cleaning today by pulling most oof the decor out so I could really get at all the gravel and did find some dead plant matter on the bottom out of tank! And I found another problem I was looking at my filters flow and it seemed very low? Checked the intake and it was fine and then pulled the motor and there was a big piece of plant matter wrapped around the impeller. So it was only running at around half capacity, I don't know if that would make much of a difference as for particals in the water? Glad I found that though could have bunt my motor out!

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Old 03-17-2012, 09:46 PM   #33
 
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OOHHH man, I just noticed your from Winnipeg, I shouldnt be helping ya since I'm a Buffalo Sabres fan and we are currently fighting for the same playoff spot so disregard any advice I gave you.

Just kidding, sounds like you just solved your issues, dead plant material will cause ammonia spike and filter running at half power is surely going to leave alot of debris in tank. you should be all set, I know you dont want to clean the whole filter too often but I take mine apart about every 6 weeks just to make sure theres no gunk build up.
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Old 03-17-2012, 10:00 PM   #34
 
Go jets go!!
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:02 PM   #35
 
Good news, Tested the water today and the ammonia level is at 0 . And and all thoughs little "particals" that where in the water are almost gone, the water is the clearest I've seen it in over a week . I guess I have to start doing more for my tank,but it's well worth it and I'am sure my fish are thanking me! Thanks for the help people!
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:16 PM   #36
 
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happy to hear that things are cleared up and water parameters are back to what they should be
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Old 03-18-2012, 04:07 PM   #37
 
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Good to Hear
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