I've had a 55 gal
tank running now for about a month. While all water parameters have been just fine, the water looks like it has a lot of "dust" now for the past several days. About 1 1/2 wks ago I tried cleaning the filter cartridges (pretty gunky now) by rinsing in old aquarium water, and squeezed out the sponge prefilter. The cartridges didn't seem to be much cleaner than when I started. I have an Aqueon 55/75 HOB
. I was thinking about using a polyfiber filter pad instead of the carbon-filled cartridges for my filter. Would I be ok in discarding just one of the cartridges at this point? I would still have the one old cartridge, and the sponge prefilter to keep the BB, and I actually still have the old seeding filter material in my HOB
filter that I originally used to cycle my tank. I'm just thinking all this old filter material is becoming ineffective and clouding my water. I don't think it's overfeeding...I have cut down, and just feed once a day using 1/2 to one whole algae wafer for bottom feeders and small amounts of flake food/frozen brine shrimp (on occasion). Thanks in advance!