will they die???ughh
OH so stupid.. i read about the carbon stuff in the filter is not really needed in the filter,, and that if not replace that it can leach bad stuff back in the the tank,, so silly me has decide this am before going to work... that i would open the pack, remove all the carbon and rinse this blue cartraige and then put it back in the tank.. well... immediatly the water quality is soooo full of crud!!! what did i do??? i have checked with a strip the ammonia and nitrate and nitrite levels and there is no change on that strip.. do i need to be super concerned?? will i come home to dead fish??? ugh!! I do have on the tank a second filter an aqua clear that is properly seeded but i am hopeing that it will be enouhg till i return home with a new blue filter to put back on the penguin bio wheel filter that i just screwed up...crap crap crap.... why do i read stuff and decide to change up what was working fine:(
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So long as the tank has cycled,and you did not bother the other filter,it is doubtful that any harm will come.
Carbon, in order to release what it has collected through Adsorption (not absorption), would need to be subjected to temps not acheiveable in the aquarium.
Once activated carbon has Adsorbed all it can, it simply stops working and becomes home for dirt,mulm,bacteria (good kind),
Cleaning it by swishing the pad, cartridge.sponge,etc around in old aquarium water you take out during water changes will cause no harm.
Cleaning the material in tapwater however, can destroy the good bacteria that is gathered there.
Carbon isn't really needed except to perhaps remove dyes,medication's ,but given no more than most cartridges hold,and relatively short life with respect to remaing effective, it does no harm in most tanks.
Could possibly be detrimental in planted aquariums by possibly binding with, or adsorbing metals such as Iron which plant's need. IMHO
If you do wash the filter along with the carbon rocks under tap water, can it do harm. I didnt want to replace the filter yet but i did rinse it.
Is this ok to do? My tank is currently over crowded.
Yes Termato, you must rinise things in old Tank water or a bucket or sink of De-chlorinated water. Any items you clean in water that has chlorine WILL kill the good bacteria and potentially send you tank into a mini cycle and cause fish deaths. Especially if you are overstocked, you no longer have the good bacteria needed to eat up the ammonia being produced by the too many fish. If you have done this, i.e. cleaned your filter with tap water, then get testing and doing extra water changes.
Thanks Jakie. I just changed the water so and got a new test kit!
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