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post #11 of 19 Old 10-12-2011, 02:03 PM
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i know the whisper 30 sponge can come out, and looking that the pictures of the intank ones, it looks like it should work about the same, the sponge is in a frame like thing that can be pulled out. have you tried pulling on it (gently, just in case it doesn't)? it seems strange that it wouldn't come out at all.

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post #12 of 19 Old 10-12-2011, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
I've never tried - I haven't had it that long, though.

Given that I'm having to re-do that tank's cycle, would it be wise to take out the filter sponge? Would I just let the sponge float in the HT?
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post #13 of 19 Old 10-12-2011, 02:07 PM
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Given that I'm having to re-do that tank's cycle, would it be wise to take out the filter sponge? Would I just let the sponge float in the HT?

...why do you have to re-do the cycle? if you don't replace the filter or substrate, the necessary bacteria would still be there...

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post #14 of 19 Old 10-12-2011, 02:12 PM Thread Starter
Well I didn't replace the gravel, and I didn't clean the filters, but I had to swirl/rinse the gravel on a 100% water change. I might have clouded the water so badly that I couldn't clear it with partial water changes.
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post #15 of 19 Old 10-12-2011, 02:15 PM
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then you should be ok. i'd monitor ammonia and nitrite levels, but i wouldn't expect too many issues. you should be able to move a sponge to the hospital tank for now.

(of course, i'm not sure i'm the best one to be giving advice on this, as i currently have ammonia and nitrite in my tank and have no idea why)

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post #16 of 19 Old 10-12-2011, 02:19 PM Thread Starter
Obviously I should put a new sponge in the filter, then, if I'm going to put it in the HT?
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post #17 of 19 Old 10-12-2011, 02:21 PM
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a new sponge will give an new place for bacteria to get established. my understanding is that the substrate should be enough for a short time, but i'd wait for someone else to chime in to give you information, since i'm not sure at this point.

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post #18 of 19 Old 10-12-2011, 02:27 PM Thread Starter
Sounds good! Thanks for the help so far, especially for letting my know about the whole replacing filter media. I'll wait for another to chime in, but it sounds promising.
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post #19 of 19 Old 10-13-2011, 09:28 PM Thread Starter
/Double post, sorry :(

I don't know what I should do with this fish. Physically, he looks so much better; but he hasn't eaten or shown interest in food since Saturday MORNING when I fed him. He's lethargic.

Also, how long before parasite medication runs its course? Fish still has string poop.
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