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post #11 of 13 Old 07-05-2010, 03:31 PM
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The whole point of squeezing them out its to get all the fine particulates out of the filter so they don't clog to much so all that work the filter did to get those out of your other tank you would just be adding back to this tank, and it probably wont help any with the bacteria you want to seed to the new tank as the bacteria stay on the surfaces of objects and are not readily washed off with water.

When you do your water change just siphon some tank water into a bucket and squeeze it in there, same thing with your HOB filter cartridge, swish and tap it in the old tank water to get all those catched particles out of the media so water will flow better through them.
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-06-2010, 02:43 AM
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Oh Thanks for sharing that. I didn't know you had to squeeze them out into old aquarium water. If I ever start another tank, I could squeeze it into there to help cycle that tank, right? Yup, I have the fish bug, I might think about a second tank....soon.
Would squeeze the sponge into the filter compartment of the new tank to help seed the new filter but as mentioned earlier,I simply move the established sponge filter to the new tank and leave it for a few weeks until the filter on the new tank also develops a bacterial colony. then i move the sponge filter back to the large tank from whence it came.
The pourus material of sponge filter along with large surface area, allows tons of bacteria to gather on the surface and through out the sponge.
Simply squeezing the sponge out into the tank would not be nearly as effective as squezzing it out into the filter compartment of the new filter or placing the entire sponge filter in the new tank as mentioned.
Should note,, That bacteria need constant food source to continue to thrive. Placing the sponge or squeezings into the new tank will jumpstart the bacteria, but fish food or fish Waste is needed or bacteria begins to die off within hours.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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Ok, I will do that. I think that is why my cycle process might have taken so long. When I got live filter media from the fish store, a young guy took over the task of getting it for me. The owner had been helping me and then got busy. Right before I left I asked if I should put the filter media in the tank or in the filter. He said, "Oh, you can just squeeze it into the tank" . I am guessing it would have been more helpful to put it directly in the filter where it could take root, so to speak.

Thanks again everyone for all of your hellp. I really do learn something new each day on this forum and I am sure my fish will be better off for it.
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