Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > General Aquarium Forums > General Hardware/Equipment Discussion
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 06-23-2004, 02:19 AM   #1
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toano, Virginia!
Posts: 716
Filter changing tips on "new" tank?

The filter cartridge in my Whisper Power Filter 5-15 needs replaced. The tank is still going through its cycle process with Nitrites at fairly high levels. The filter has been cleaned in tank water several times, but it is getting to the point where it only flows decent fora day or two after cleaning. Any tips on how to replace it without messing up the cycle process too badly? Heres where I wish I had a bio-wheel!!!
__________________

__________________
youronlysin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 02:22 AM   #2
Aquarium Advice Apprentice
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Willmar, MN
Posts: 37
Send a message via AIM to Kornchild Send a message via MSN to Kornchild Send a message via Yahoo to Kornchild
while it may not look pretty, just throw the old filter in the tank. I was always advised to rub the new filter against the old one(not sure if this works or not though). But I have an old filter sitting in my 55 gallon looking all ugly and gross but I know it has a thriving bacterial colony on it.
__________________

__________________
Kornchild is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 11:48 AM   #3
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Troy, Michigan
Posts: 253
This is the main reason I like running multiple filters on my tanks. I like a little over filtration because most of my tanks are overstocked also. I run two hang on back filters on my tanks so and alternately clean each filter. That one can maintain the bio-load while the other catches up. Once your tank is established I wouldn’t worry too much about it. There will be enough bacteria in the tank to set up the filter very quickly.

As for your current situation, change the media and keep an eye on you ammonia and nitrite levels. It’s going to take a little longer to cycle, but that’s just part of the game. I couldn’t get my 29 gallon to finish cycling until I stopped playing with it and just let it do it’s thing.
__________________
docrak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 01:56 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Freak
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Michigan
Posts: 248
Put in a new filter pad, and just wedge the old pad behind it for a week or two. When you put in the new pad, make sure there isn't any carbon in it, or else it'll screw up your cycle.

-J
__________________
`...><((((>.`..`.><((((>.` .. , .><((((>
jratuszn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-23-2004, 02:10 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Regular
 
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: USA
Posts: 95
Send a message via AIM to DragonChild Send a message via Yahoo to DragonChild
Have you thought about adding a bio-ball? It keeps some bacteria, not alot, but enough that it keeps any problems from arising when I change my media. Just my $0.02.
__________________
~DragonChild

"If you leap before you look, the game will be over before you have even begun to play" Shuten/Anubis

------------------------
40 gallon, freshwater, currently housing pleco, red tailed shark, 1 adult silver mickey mouse platy, 3 platy fry (unsure of colors right now), and 6 ghost shrimp.
Filter is an Aquaclear 200, azoo 6500 air pump, and Hagen heater.
DragonChild is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-24-2004, 01:40 AM   #6
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toano, Virginia!
Posts: 716
I could try a bio ball I suppose. I havent heard about the carbon issue before. I emtied the carbon from the new filter and just let the old onle sink to the bottom of the tank behind a big plant. I couldnt really stuff it in the filter behind the old one as it blocks flow too much.

Silly filter came with one "bio bag", so they call them, and it also came with an "aerobic frame" that has a cellular mesh type of material on it. Looks like that would hold some bacteria and I could keep that in place when I do the bag changes, but I dont really know what its for. The instruction booklet doesnt even mention it. It shows an aerobic frame, but what they show is the plastic frame that goes inside the bio bags, which are filled with carbon. The frames in the bags from the store dont have the cellular mesh. Is that just an optional piece that I can use instead of carbon inside the bags? Only problem with that is, it doesnt have the plastic flaps that close over the top of the bag to hold it in place. I think Ill just wedge it in front of the bag and leave the mesh frame in place when I change the bags. Hopefully that will keep things working once the tank is cycled.
__________________
youronlysin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2004, 01:11 AM   #7
Aquarium Advice FINatic
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Toano, Virginia!
Posts: 716
Got my own question answered by Tetra tech support personally. The bio bag goes in the filter body first in the slots provided and the foam mesh goes in next between the bag and filter outlet. The foam mesh stays put constantly and gets rinsed in tank water ocassionally and the bag gets changed regularly. I will also look into the suggestions provided by members here.....the bio ball idea sounds like it may help duringtank cycling. Thanks all.
__________________
I almost dated a psychic.....


She left me before we met.
youronlysin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-25-2004, 04:55 AM   #8
Aquarium Advice Activist
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Columbus Ohio
Posts: 120
Send a message via AIM to dhs9831 Send a message via Yahoo to dhs9831
How about taking the old filter envelope, rolling, or cutting it up with scissors taking some of the old carbon and putting it in with the carbon in the new filter?
__________________

__________________
Dream as if you will live forever, Live as if you will die tommorrow.
dhs9831 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
changing, filter, tan, tips

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
"Duckweed" (Lemna Minor) and "Water Spangles" (Salvinia Minima) floating plants jackdaniel Archive 3 09-28-2009 11:16 AM
The "top" of my 2ft tank needs "fixing" marchmaxima Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 23 03-27-2008 10:57 AM
"Thread" "worms" What's in my 10gal tank HouseDragon Freshwater & Brackish - Getting Started 4 10-06-2006 04:02 PM
"setting up my brackish 29 gal"...or "tank bu mortalum620 Freshwater & Brackish - General Discussion 3 02-21-2005 02:05 AM
"Frag" - "Barter"/"Trade" for OmarD Archive 1 11-26-2003 12:14 PM







» Photo Contest Winners








Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:06 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.