Originally Posted by Tlc
I noticed yesterday after my filter pads were cleaned the water was black. Today they were just as dirty so I think I need new ones?
Are your talking about the black carbon from the filters. I have learned here that the only time you want to replace your filters is when they are to tore up to use.
I would hope you have a backup up filter with beneficial bacteria. Putting in a bacterial supplement really only seeds bacterial growth.
If you throw away and replace the old filters, your going to loose good bacteria, and you may experience another cycle.
They say rinse you filters in used tank water and put the back in.
You do not want to loose your good bacteria.
I still think your tank is not cycled. Keep it up.
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