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Old 01-02-2007, 04:21 PM   #1
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new used tank need help with

OK here's the deal. I just bought a 55 G tank which came with a filstar XP3 filter. This tank was previously used for salt water and had coral life. I want to use this tank for fresh water. The filter came with new foam pads for the bottom layer. Do I have to do anything to the filter or tank to convert the salt to fresh. I scrapped the tank of all the remaining coral stuck to it. Also when i was not looking my girlfriend wanted to help so she tried cleaning the inside of the tank with windex.
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Rinse very well to get the windex out. White vinegar, a razor blade, a lot of water and elbow grease should do the job.

Just rinse the filter out well and replace the media with fresh and should be ready to go.

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Would it be ok if i plug the filter in and just cycle tap water in it through the sink to clean it out.

And also you said replace the media with fresh do i have to replace all the levels or is just the bottom foam pads all i need. I'm not quite sure what the top layer even is.
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I would rinse it out. Windex is nasty stuff, but if necessary a bag of carbon should do the trick.

If the media was used in salt water I would replace it. Get yourself some bio media they look like cermaic ziti. You can fill the rest of it with sponges.
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One last question... The top layer of the filter is a bag of rocks maybe charcol and a littler bag of some tiny little mystery beads. Do you know what the mystery beads are. They are real little and an off white collor.
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