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Old 03-29-2016, 08:28 PM   #11
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You're fine. I've kept my tanks for years at 120-130% of what aq advisor says. Keep up with your water changes and monitor your parameters.


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Why should I wash filter in dirty tank water?

To preserve the beneficial bacteria (BB) in the filter cartridges. Otherwise, you may experience a mini-cycle and get ammonia and/or nitrite spikes as a result.


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Washing the filter pads in tank water prevents any chlorine or heavy metals in your water supply from killing the beneficial bacteria.


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Really useful suggestions guys. Thanks a lot!!!
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Also throw some biomedia in there if ya can will help with the beneficial bacteria

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Are the biomedia something like this
http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Biomax-...words=biomedia
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Are the biomedia something like this

http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Biomax-...words=biomedia
You may or may not need extra media. The population of BB will grow and shrink in accordance to the amount of nutrients (ammonia/nitrite) available.
That being said...
Loose media like this can be a challenge to use in cartridge style filters. You have a couple of options:
1. Remove the carbon from one of the cartridges (if possible) and fill it with the ceramic media (noodles) referenced in the link above
2. Tie some fishing line around one ceramic noodles. Then thread the line THROUGH the holes of ceramic noodles until you get to a length of about 15-18". Allow some slack between the noodles. Then tie off the fishing line to the last ceramic noodle. Next, drop one end of the noodle and string thing you just made into the open space next to the filter cartridge. Continue lowering it with a side to side motion so that the noodles fill the space efficiently. Next time you need to do maintenance on the filter, removal of the ceramic media will be a breeze.


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Nice trick. I will keep monitor the water parameter, and use this method of anything changes
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