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post #1 of 3 Old 01-16-2013, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Hi,

I have a small tropical setup with some Neon Tetras in. I have decided after a few weeks of running that the under gravel filter system that came with the tank is rubbish and wish to change over to a normal filter. I will need to take the fish out of the water to remove the under gravel system and just wanted to know how best to do this?

Do i put another heater in some water? will they be safe?

Thanks!
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-17-2013, 12:23 AM
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Hi,

I have a small tropical setup with some Neon Tetras in. I have decided after a few weeks of running that the under gravel filter system that came with the tank is rubbish and wish to change over to a normal filter. I will need to take the fish out of the water to remove the under gravel system and just wanted to know how best to do this?

Do i put another heater in some water? will they be safe?

Thanks!
use a food safe container or food safe large bin. fill it with tank water toss in your heater and an airstone an youre good. try to keep the fish in the dark while in the bin to keep down on stress. you should also run the new filter along side the old under gravel for a while to help colonizen your new filter with good bacteria. after a coupple weeks take out the old under gravel. when i got my new one i didnt do this step and it ended up making my tank cycle.

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post #3 of 3 Old 01-19-2013, 12:16 PM
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Hi,

I have a small tropical setup with some Neon Tetras in. I have decided after a few weeks of running that the under gravel filter system that came with the tank is rubbish and wish to change over to a normal filter. I will need to take the fish out of the water to remove the under gravel system and just wanted to know how best to do this?

Do i put another heater in some water? will they be safe?

Thanks!
an undergravel filter should be fine and do a perfect job in the tank you are describing

i really think you are wasting your money....i dont think the filter is the problem, its all how its maintained, can you describe your aquarium maintainance routine? how often are you changing water? cleaning gravel? etc etc?

what exactly is the problem with the undergravel filter? is your water not clean? does your water not test good? why do you consider it to be "rubbish"? they are great filters, and do a great job, but just like any other filter, they only work if maintained properly....i think this is a case of user error, your problem is elsewhere

what exactly is your opinion of a "normal" filter?

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