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Old 12-08-2011, 03:44 AM   #11
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Any ammonia absorbing products remove ammonia before the BB get a chance to eat it. Less food = less BB so when you take it out or it runs out the ammonia can spike because there are not enough BB to consume it all.
It's no big deal though because you only had it for a very short time
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:36 AM   #12
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So I can disgard the ammo-chip bags(ammonia absorbing substrate) and my carbon bags that I have in the tanks? Here I'm thinking I was doing the tanks something good. I had mine in for more-than a month, should I just chuck em or slowly empty them so the bb can grow?
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:41 AM   #13
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The ammonia removing media is un needed and you can skip that for now on.

I happen to run carbon in my setups, some people do, some dont, its all your choice. It won't hurt anything but it's helpfulness is dependent on what you aim to achieve with it. carbon can remove odors, discoloration from the water and medications.

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Old 12-08-2011, 10:43 AM   #14
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So I can disgard the ammo-chip bags(ammonia absorbing substrate) and my carbon bags that I have in the tanks? Here I'm thinking I was doing the tanks something good. I had mine in for more-than a month, should I just chuck em or slowly empty them so the bb can grow?
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Carbon is handy for the removal of certain thing such as medicants, but is not necessary for regular use. As well, it depletes rather quickly. With Ac filters, the sponge is a bio media as well as the ceramic tubes. The sponges will last for many years and only need to be cleaned regularly by squeezing the debris from them in a container of tank water, when doing water changes. The ceramic tubes should last pretty much forever. That is the beauty of AC filters, as once you have them you have no more ongoing media expenses.
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@BillD, WHATTTT!!!,..... you mean to tell me the pet store telling me that I have to change my carbon media and ammo packs every 4weeks was a RIP-OFF? I feel dooped yet again.
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Ask questions here first. Do not listen to local fish stores.
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Ask questions here first. Do not listen to local fish stores.
Learned that lesson real quick!
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Man all you guys/gals are great. this is the info I needed months ago. Lesson learned, but sadly at the expense of some bettas I really liked.
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