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Old 01-17-2017, 07:31 PM   #1
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Hello all! This is my upgraded 39g tank. I can't reach the bottom so plants will be difficult. Put in a bunch of betta balls to keep it green.
I have 7 serpae tetras, 7 green tiger barbs, a male betta (king of the tank) an albino plecco and 4 snails.

I do a thorough vacuum once a week and change the filter every other week. My ammonia is around .25, 0 nitrates, 0 nitrites and a ph about 7.2. Feed once a day. Fish seem happy. Anything else I should be doing?
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Old 01-17-2017, 11:39 PM   #3
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Cool looking tank. I really like your eclectic decor scheme.
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Are you changing the filter pad or just rinsing it?

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Old 01-18-2017, 11:21 AM   #5
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Thanks for asking. This past week I replaced it. Should I just be rinsing it?
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Cool looking tank. I really like your eclectic decor scheme.


Thanks! I'm really struggling with how high my tank is.
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You only need to replace them when they're literally falling apart, most of your bacteria is going to be in the filter material. When you rinse it you'll want to do it in the aquarium water you take out during a water change. Unfortunately the filter companies like to tell you to replace them so you buy more :/

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Sweet setup
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Old 01-18-2017, 10:11 PM   #9
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You only need to replace them when they're literally falling apart, most of your bacteria is going to be in the filter material. When you rinse it you'll want to do it in the aquarium water you take out during a water change. Unfortunately the filter companies like to tell you to replace them so you buy more :/

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Much appreciate the advice!
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very sharp looking tank!
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Also, your ammonia should always be at 0. I would do a partial water change before it gets higher
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Also, your ammonia should always be at 0. I would do a partial water change before it gets higher


I do a 20% water change each week. I've been testing my levels right before I do my water change. Should I test it before and after? Is 20% enough?
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Might not be if you still have .25 ammonia levels. Either that or your tank isn't cycled
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Hey when I had my big I could barely reach the bottom without getting in up to my armpits, so I bought one of those daintier cheap claw/grabber things for people who have mobility issues, made dealing with plants and decor so much better

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Hey when I had my big I could barely reach the bottom without getting in up to my armpits, so I bought one of those daintier cheap claw/grabber things for people who have mobility issues, made dealing with plants and decor so much better

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Wow. Thanks for the idea. I have been looking around at stores for something like large extension salad tongs but haven't found anything. Lol.
This is a great idea. I'll let you know how it goes!
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