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Conversation Between Oldfishlady and BubbiBubba
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  1. Oldfishlady
    08-07-2012 09:56 AM - permalink
    Anything organic will produce the food for the BB to maintain the nitrogen cycle without a fish/Betta in the live plants, shrimp, snails....etc....anything alive will produce the byproduct needed.....
  2. BubbiBubba
    08-06-2012 05:11 PM - permalink
    Repost: If my betta fish DOES pass away at some point in his life (I hope not soon or there will always be tears regardless) what would I do?

    His 5 gallon is fully cycled, but how can I keep dosing ammonia to keep the cycle continuing (before I add a new betta, of course) if there are 2 Amano shrimp in the tank?! They will surely die! & we all don't want that.
  3. Oldfishlady
    08-03-2012 12:36 PM - permalink
    The carbon itself is short lived/used up and can't be recharged-and the carbon needs to be changed per package direction if you want to use carbon. Using carbon is a personal choice and not needed IMO/E, however, having some fresh unused carbon on hand for emergency is a good idea-it has saved me more than once-but I don't keep it in my filters all the time.
    The sponge part is good to use until its falling apart-but it needs a rinse/swish a couple of times a month or the BB will suffocate with the buildup of mulm/debris that it collects.
    With the filter cartridge that are both carbon and sponge-you can either cut a slit and dump the carbon or leave it-Once the carbon is used up-its used up-but it won't hurt to leave it and will even provide more surface area for BB to colonize.
  4. BubbiBubba
    08-03-2012 11:49 AM - permalink
    But, just curious: Do you think a used carbon filter cartridge rinsed in old tank water is just as effective as like any other type? Like a sponge or something?
  5. BubbiBubba
    08-03-2012 10:32 AM - permalink
    Ohh, THANK YOU! This is exactly the information I need! You're the best.
  6. Oldfishlady
    08-03-2012 08:06 AM - permalink
    A lot of the BB are in the substrate, on the walls and on the decorations too, when you are dealing with really low bioloads- you usually can change out your filter media without issue, however, its always a good idea to monitor for spikes and make that extra water only changes if needed.
    Also, you don't need to use charcoal and change your filter out all the time-its a personal choice-it won't hurt to leave the used up charcoal in the filter or you can cut a slit and dump it out saving the sponge part and giving it a rinse/swish a couple of times a month.
  7. BubbiBubba
    08-02-2012 08:15 PM - permalink
    My 5 gallon tank is cycled w/ carbon filters... since they must be replaced every 4-6 weeks, what should I do? All the BB is in the filter!
    Should I cut the filter open & pour out the carbon, then shove that UNDER the new carbon cartridge? I have 3 extras of these & they go w/ my tank. Please help me!
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