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konstargirl 10-21-2011 08:52 AM

New 5 gallon tank question
Hi guys! Yesterday I got a new 5 gallon tank! I'm current doing a fishless cycle now with using the pure ammonia and the "Add and wait" method. Now I got a question. I was planning on planning to put in my betta Miyavi in there once the 5 has finish cycling. When will be a good time to add live plants? I have live plants( 2 Java ferns) in the 2 gallon right now and I was thinking to transport those to the 5 gallon in a few days. Will that be a good idea or just wait? I'm going to add new live plants Saturday to the 5 like some Java moss. I hope this fishless cycle will turn out successful. The tank was a kit and it's a hex.


konstargirl 10-21-2011 10:54 AM

BTW the new tank came with the Marineland biowheel filter. I never experience it before so I Was just curious. How would I supose to take out the carbon?

KendraMc 10-21-2011 11:49 AM

pretty sure plants can go in whenever you want.

SomeDudeAtHome 10-21-2011 01:37 PM

Ya plants can go in now if you want. Plants help reduce ammonia since they use it as nutrients so they're really beneficial the more the merrier basically. I have the filter you mentioned on a 10 gal and the current is pretty strong especially for a beta. I would recommend baffling it somehow to recuse the current. I also don't understand your question about the carbon. Do you want to remove the filter?

konstargirl 10-22-2011 11:05 AM

Actually I wanted to remove the carbon. ><

thekoimaiden 10-23-2011 01:28 PM

If it is the tank I'm thinking about, the carbon should be in a little packet in the filter. It will be blue and kinda fuzzy on one side and black on the other. Just remove that piece and you will remove the filer. However, you will also remove the mechanical filtration. I would recommend getting an aquarium sponge and sticking it in place of the carbon packet. It will remove particles in the same manner.

konstargirl 11-09-2011 06:21 PM

There's a aquarium sponge in it right now. :) Thanks guys!

SinCrisis 11-10-2011 10:40 AM

Marineland biowheel filters cannot remove carbon is you use the packaged filter media. I used to have one and I used a block of filter floss instead of the cartridges for my tank. Way cheaper and doesnt have the effect carbon does.

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