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  1. mjbn
    07-17-2010 12:19 PM - permalink
    okay, but can you clarify the filter media/cartridge stuff? I'm new to this still so please speak in newblet talk(x sorrry..
  2. Oldfishlady
    07-17-2010 10:30 AM - permalink
    True that too high ammonia can cause some issues, I would make a 25% water change until you get the ammonia down to about 3-4ppm, I would also lower the temp to 80's area too.
    Filter media, if you want to use carbon-go by the package direction on changing but cut the old media off and add to the new media for a week-10 days to seed the new media to prevent a mini-cycle.
    If you don't want to use carbon (I don't) you can either make your own filter media or remove the carbon from the store bought media and change it when it is falling apart (1-2 times a year) with just swish/rinse in tank water 1-2 times a month or when the flow slows.
  3. mjbn
    07-16-2010 09:14 PM - permalink
    And how often should i replace my filter cartridge? And how do i do so that i keep my bacteria alive?
  4. mjbn
    07-16-2010 09:05 PM - permalink
    OLF, i have some questions about cycling. I have a 5.5 Gallon tank heated to 90 degrees rightnow. No real plants used. I'm using the cycling with raw shrimp method and my ammonia hit 8.0 yesterday and i removed the shrimp. But today i read that having ammonia that high will actually slow the cycling speed of my tank. Is this true? if so, should i do a water change and how much% ? thank you
  5. Oldfishlady
    07-11-2010 12:06 PM - permalink
    Depends on the type of filter and often you can baffle them or keep the water level high to change the flow direction.
    Cycling usually takes 4-8 weeks
  6. weluvbettas
    07-11-2010 11:58 AM - permalink
    i added the filter. im getting four females . how long will it take to cycle? will the current be to strong?
  7. Oldfishlady
    07-11-2010 11:25 AM - permalink
    I would, but that is me.....I would plant and decorate and add the females, making at least 3-4-50% weekly water changes-this also depends on the number of females you start with and if you have ammonia, nitrite, nitrate test kit-this will make it easier on you. Test daily and make water changes as needed per the test results.
  8. weluvbettas
    07-11-2010 11:09 AM - permalink
    yes i do plan on live plants and i going to be my sorority . so can i have all my females in while i cycle?
  9. Oldfishlady
    07-11-2010 11:08 AM - permalink
    It is better if you do especially in a 10g with sand substrate, do you plan on live plants, if so, that will make thing easier.
    You can safely cycle a 10g with a filter with the fish as long as you make the needed water changes of 2-3 50% a week or if the ammonia/nitrite reads 0.25ppm or greater. This is with 1-2 Bettas not overfeed and uneaten food removed
  10. weluvbettas
    07-11-2010 11:00 AM - permalink
    i have a filter but not in the tank at the moment . do i need to cycle it?

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