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Old 04-19-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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changing filter media

About how long should I have a replacement filter pad sitting in the back of my HOB filter (along side the existing pad) before its built up enough BB to replace the original?

Also, for medicating purposes, I want to replace the carbon/mesh filter pad in my QT tank's Aqueon Quietflow 10, but there isnt a lot of space back there. Any suggestions? Is the fabric store pillow stuffing still an option even though theres pretty much only space for a pre-cut pad? I currently have 4-6 bio-rings in what little space there is, but Im not convinced thats enough to do anything so taking them out isnt unreasonable.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:43 PM   #2
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I would imagine just a few days would be sufficient. Bacteria multiply pretty rapidly.
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I would imagine just a few days would be sufficient. Bacteria multiply pretty rapidly.
I would leave it at least a week. Although it will multiply, a few days will not give it all the time too have the necessary ammount and maintain the bio-load.
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I would leave it at least a week. Although it will multiply, a few days will not give it all the time too have the necessary ammount and maintain the bio-load.
Yeah you certainly couldn't hurt by going longer. I don't have that issue since I have 3 filters between 2 HOBs. I just swap one at a time each month. So on change day I have a 2 month, 1 month, and brand new filter in the tank.
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