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Old 08-16-2004, 10:59 PM   #11
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This is an excellent idea, adiliegro!

I think you will find things speeding up with the addition of this filter. How are the fish doing? I've not been getting behind on reading the threads lately!
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Old 08-17-2004, 12:47 AM   #12
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The fish are doing a lot better, although I think they are starting to get a little stressed from the nitrites. My water is now clearing up and i expect it will be crystal clear by tomorrow night. Will add the new filter as soon as it gets here tomorrow. My nitrites ares till kinda high and the nitrates are hovering around 12.5 mg/l (not moving up much at all)...but there is NO ammonia in my tank. So, Im hoping things will move right along pretty fast after i add this filter tomorrow.
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Old 08-17-2004, 10:10 AM   #13
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Me too, I think you will notice an increase in the process. A sponge filter would do a similar thing, since they have such great surface area for bacteria to grow.
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I got it in and its working great! This thing is actually breaking the surface of the water like I think its supposed to do now...the original filter that came with the tank didnt do a good job of that. Anyway, the filter in the old one is cruddy as well as is the bag of rocks (from an established tank). There is crud all over both of those. What should I do with them? Leave them in or change the filters out? I know the bacteria is in the filters so I dont want to do anything wrong.
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Old 08-17-2004, 11:56 PM   #15
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Crud is good! Don't disturb the crud! (Please don't tell my kids I ever said that) That is your "filter" too, so leave it be for now, though I know it is unsightly.
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You might rinse it out in a bucket with water from a water change.
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