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MrWynO14 07-26-2009 06:46 PM

Filter Help
OK, so here's the deal. I bought a 29 gallon aquarium from this lady, with an Aquatech Filter and some other stuff too. She uses these cut out pads instead of the actual Aquatech cartridges. She told me to use a black carbon pad, and a plain white filter pad. The black carbon pad is the first to hit the water, and the white pad is behind it. The white pad is used as a bio sponge. I change the black carbon pad every month, but have kept the same white pad because this lady told me to do it like that. Anyways, I'm starting to see bits falling off the white pad because its getting to be really old and its starting to cloud the tank. Is there another kind of cutout sponge that won't fall apart that I can use in place of this white pad?

redlessi 07-26-2009 07:32 PM

yes you can buy filter pads, go to drfosters and smith and type in filter pads and you will see them. they are blue/white and you can cut them as you need.

MrWynO14 07-27-2009 04:16 AM

Will all the beneficial bacteria die when I throw the old one out? Will I have to cycle the tank again?

1077 07-27-2009 04:45 AM

Both pads will have bacteria colony. You could,(should) change them at different times. In this way you won't destroy too much bacteria.

1077 07-27-2009 04:56 AM

I have three aqua tech filters I use for emergenciies. They came as part of the aquarium kit but I use different filters. After going to look at the ones I have, The black pad isn't really a carbon pad but rather it is the biological pad and should not be replaced. Every couple months if you like,or it becomes clogged to the point that water doesn't flow as normal, you can swish it around in old aquarium water that you take out during water changes. This black pad shouldn't ever need to be replaced.

MrWynO14 07-27-2009 04:43 PM

Well, I am using cut out filters, one is a black carbon pad, and the other is a plain white pad. I am NOT using stock cartridges. What would you say the black pad that aquatech uses is made of? I think this white pad starts falling apart too quick and would like to use something that I wouldn't need to replace every 3 months instead of using the white pad. Thats the main purpose of this post, I want to know what I can get to use a biological sponge that will NOT fall apart, and that will ONLY need cleaning. Thanx in advance.

MrWynO14 07-27-2009 04:46 PM

I've got these little tiny white particles floating around in the water, I believe they are pieces of this old white filter pad. They make the water look a bit hazy, its not quite a crystal clear as it used to be.

1077 07-28-2009 02:40 AM

As has been mentioned, there are or is, filter material ,sponges,pads,that can be bought either at fish stores or online. You can cut this material to fit your filter. All of these will eventually begin to deteriorate and will need replaced in my view.
The biological pad that comes with the aquatech filters on the otherhand does not ever need replaced and can be swished around in old aquarium water to clean it possibly forever. It is black plastic mesh that allows water to pass through and has frame made from plastic that allows it to fit snugly in the slots of filter. If you are standing in front of the aquarium, this biological pad would be closest to you. the carbon pad goes behind it. You could cut polyester fiber to replace the carbon pad or continue to use the pads you are using. Of course you may have to buy another aquatech filter to get the biological pad for it is unclear to me if you can buy them seperately.
It seems to me though that you would have a spare filter for parts and the biological pad that would never need to be replaced.
Another option is to replace the filter with another such as the Emperor280 by Marineland. This filter comes with extra media cartridge along with carbon cartridge. The extra media cartridge could be filled with your choice of biological material such as ceramic beads,Eheim substrat and would never need replaced only rinsed out on occasion in old aquarium water you take out during weekly water changes. This filter will also keep your tank much cleaner than the aquatech in my view.
The last option would be to replace the pads you are using before they begin to flake or deteriorate.

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