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This is a discussion on ill gourami within the Tropical Fish Diseases forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> i know the whisper 30 sponge can come out, and looking that the pictures of the intank ones, it looks like it should work ...

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Old 10-12-2011, 03:03 PM   #11
 
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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Old 10-12-2011, 03:04 PM   #12
 
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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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Old 10-12-2011, 03:07 PM   #13
 
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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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Old 10-12-2011, 03:12 PM   #14
 
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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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Old 10-12-2011, 03:15 PM   #15
 
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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Old 10-12-2011, 03:19 PM   #16
 
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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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Old 10-12-2011, 03:21 PM   #17
 
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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Old 10-12-2011, 03:27 PM   #18
 
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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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Old 10-13-2011, 10:28 PM   #19
 
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/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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