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Old 02-24-2005, 11:20 PM   #101
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Actually I would suggest something a little different. Depending on the configuration of the HOB, place the new sponge infront of the old one. Basically, water in>>old sponge>>new sponge>> water out.

That will seed the new sponge faster. It will slow the filter down a bit for sure but the new sponge will gain the necessary bacteria much faster while not becoming detritus saturated in the process.

Might need a powerhead in there for surface aggitation during the switch.

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Old 02-25-2005, 01:32 AM   #102
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Thats a good idea...I took a reading again tonight and ammonia is less than 10 and so are trites...Im almost there but not quite...
How long would I need to let the new spounge set in there before taking the old one out...3-5 days?
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Old 02-25-2005, 11:33 AM   #103
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That should be enough time. If there is more than one filtration source, only do one at a time though.

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Is that so...

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Old 03-03-2005, 01:23 AM   #106
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Well here I am again. I am STILL batteling the ammonia and trites. I have only had it to 0 for 4 days in a month...I am still doing 2 water changes a day. The ammonia is only at 10 or less and so is trites. I have put 2 new HOB filters in behind the old ones and they have been there for 5 days now...assume I will take one of the old filters out tomorrow night and see what happens. I just dont understand why Im still doing 2 water changes a day for a month now. Thats hard to keep up with for sure. Any ideas? PH is stable at 8-8.2. Temp 80...
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Old 03-03-2005, 11:39 AM   #107
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Take one of the old sponges out and see if that helps. If the numbers stay the same or decrease, remove the other old sponge.

Your almost home so to speak. If I'm not mistaken the fish will have been at treatment level for 4 weeks and the end of this week? So if no spots have shown up in that time, you should be able to start increasing the salinity @ .001/day until it's back up to normal. Then just another 10-14 days before they go back in the main. Your more than ½ way there.

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I took the oldest spounge out and will see what happens. I tested the water tonight before doing so and the ammonia was less than .10 and trites were around 5...so I think this might do the trick.
I have had the fish in QT since 1/27 but didnt get the salinity down to 1.010 until 2/3..also on 2.3 noticed ick spots on the tang...so should I wait 4 weeks from that time?
Also I brought the salinity down to 1.009 on 2/7....tank will be fallow for 6 weeks on 3/10. SO Im going to keep the fish under 1.009 for another 2 weeks at least I guess...and then another week to bring the salinity back up....then another 2 weeks of watching?? Maybe im taking to long on this...Ive made it this far so might as well do it right!! What do you think?
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IMO the longer out of the main the better.
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Agreed

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