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Old 11-16-2011, 01:28 PM   #11
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We drained the tank kept the rocks in it moved it to my house plugged everything back up and filled it with water and turned everything on.
You may be in pretty good shape then. Did he have fish in it or was it empty when you moved it. Over the course of the last four days have you been feeding the bacteria with anything or just letting it run?
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He had already moved his fish to the new tank. I havent added anything since the first night. Its just been running
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You probably have an established population of bacteria in/on your filters then, but running it empty for the last four days will have allowed that population to drop. Do you filters have foam or sponges inside of them? IF so, you will be ok to start slowly adding fish, just be careful not to over stock too quickly.
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They have sponges and I have some kind of black filter he said is good in front of all the reg filters. He said to change the reg filters monthly and to clean the black ones once a month
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They have sponges and I have some kind of black filter he said is good in front of all the reg filters. He said to change the reg filters monthly and to clean the black ones once a month
Are the regular filters white spongy material with carbon inside them? Does each filter have one or two? BTW, you should be able to look at the filters themselves, and they should have a name and number stamped into the plastic somewhere. ie. Whisper 10i for example
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Yea its a white filter and its almost like lil rocks in em. Each filter has two filters in them. Four including the black ones I had to cut out and put in front of the white ones. Couldnt tell ya the name Im not at home right now.
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Yea its a white filter and its almost like lil rocks in em. Each filter has two filters in them. Four including the black ones I had to cut out and put in front of the white ones. Couldnt tell ya the name Im not at home right now.
Most likely its some type of Whisper or Aqueon filter based on the description. Next time you change the filters, you can leave the lil rocks (carbon) out of them, and I would replace only one of the two in each filter when you do. These surfaces are were your beneficial bacteria are growing, removing them removes the majority of your filters. Once you have replaced each of them (and thereby removed the carbon), I would rinse the filters both white and black as needed in tank water (not chlorinated tape water), and reuse them until they wear out.
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Ok. Thank you for all of your help. I really appreciate it. Not to decide on the fish and how many
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opps sorry meant now to decide on the fish and how many
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opps sorry meant now to decide on the fish and how many
You may want to post another thread in the freshwater area with a title like, "Stocking Suggestions for a 55gal Tank". It will probably get you better results than this one, which is in the introduction forum.
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