04-06-2011, 09:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Jakiebabie
Ok I looked up your filter. The carbon does nothing by the way and wears out very very quickly. I really don't know why they even put it in there! Carbon is used to remove medications from your tank after treating sick fish, and initial clarity of the water. So if you run out don't waste your money on buying more.
Don't change the filter media for a long long time! I don't remember that last time I changed mine, I just rinse it in old tank water so that chlorine doesn't kill the good bacteria on it, or a bucket of de-chlor water. That bio filter bag once your tank is cycled is what is precious. The foam filter also can be rinsed and re-used altho they will tell you otherwise on the box. Don't rinse it yet, you need to cycle the tank.
So you could pour some "used" gravel into your tank, or put it in a little net bag into the Carbon section of that filter. (nylon knee high works well)
Remember that good things in a tank take time and only bad things happen quickly in a tank, so don't do too many changes to a tank at one time. Also you have a disadvantage because you are working with 10 gallons of water. For example 5 fish pooping in 10 gallons effects the balance faster than 5 fish pooping in a 30 gallon. More water, slower effects. Got it? So changes in your 10 gal will happen quickly and you will have to monitor it closely.
You should get (if you don't already have these) a special bucket used strictly for your aquarium, mine is red, (god help anyone who uses my red bucket for anything) Thermometer, Liquid API test kit. I know they all cost $$ but are needed for better outcome.
Lastly Panda Cory's are more delicate than some cory's so they just might not make it thru this. Do not be surprised ok?
I think it takes 15 postings before you can enter the chat room...
Thank you, thank you thank youuuu for being so helpful!
I am between my winter and summer job right now so I have all day to monitor the tank which I will do! I have a liquid test kid by Hagen. It tests pH, ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. I tested it today and the pH was between 7.0 and 7.5 and everything else was 0. I made a chart too to record all the results.
I have everything you listed! .
So should I only change the water when there is ammonia in the tank? Like change say 20% of the water and use the siphon to clean the gravel?
The chatroom will be easier!!!