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eelz212 12-30-2007 09:56 PM

Filter maintenance
hey guys, thanks for all the fantastic info on this site.

i recently got a 10 gallon tank to house one black moor and one calico looking fancy goldfish. i understand this may be a bit cramped but the guys are still quite small and at this point it's all i've got room for. so this will have to do for a couple months, at which point i'll grab a 20-40 gallon tank.

my question is in regards to the maintenance of my filter. how should i go about changing/cleaning the polyster fiber and charcoal? i don't want to risk the biological filtration so i understand i'm not meant to completely replace everything. should i replace a little bit now and then and just leave the majority of the filter's contents? how often should i do this?

thanks for any information you can offer.

blueblue48 12-30-2007 10:52 PM

well i replace everything (the whole filter pad) every 1-2 months in all of my 4 fish tanks and they all do great. some people will say to just rinse it or something but theres beneficial bacteria in the gravel so thats good enough for me. ill have to hear what everyone else thinks :)

jeaninel 12-31-2007 01:45 AM

Eelz212, what type of filter do you have? Bacteria does live in the gravel but the majority will be in the filter since there is a higher oxygen content.

eelz212 12-31-2007 02:07 AM

hmm don't know the exact name. box filter?

it's basically, er, a box with a tube popping out the top. i plug in the air and it sucks and shoots up bubbles.

Oldman47 12-31-2007 09:52 AM

In a box filter you can change the filter floss one time and the charcoal a couple of weeks later. That way you always will have some of your bacteria left. As jeaninel said, most of the bacteria live in your filter. A good approach if you want to clean the whole filter at once is to rinse the filter media in used tank water and then put it back in the filter. Its not as pretty as all new floss but its better for your fish.

blueblue48 01-02-2008 12:24 AM

well i understand you naming the filter but the way your describing it doesnt sound right. do you mean the kind that hang on the back? you sound like your talking about an airstone or an undergravel filter or something

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