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Old 09-09-2012, 05:56 PM   #11
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No being lazy where your fish are concerned They count on you for thier environment to be healthy
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Old 09-09-2012, 07:39 PM   #12
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Thats right. But more or a better filter isnt goin to solve ur issue. Goole how to reduce nitrate. There are alot of things u can do.
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Old 09-10-2012, 05:54 AM   #13
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I have a fluval 406 and I rinse ALL the media every week with my water change. I usually will also change out 1 item each week, for instance I did PWC Sunday and rinsed all bags of chemipure (changed 1), rinsed all biomax (shaking it up some to release any trapped particles), remove and rinsed/squeezed the large black foam, rinse and squeezed polishing pads(I replaced one last week), removed and squeezed/rinsed 3 of the long foams-replaced the other long foam. Then poured out water that was in canister itself and put it all back together. Primed the canister and started it up. It takes me less than 10 minutes to do this all, and I have the water from the PwC already in a bucket, so it's easy. Rinsing canister media once a month isn't enough. I think that's what the manual says, but the filter is collecting all sorts of food and poo and whatever else that has been floating around. All of that will break down inside your canister and turn to nitrates, then tour canister is just spitting the nitrates back into your tank. They have to be removed every week before they have a chance to break down. My nitrates ate usually 10 or less, and some might call my tank overly stocked. And if you have 2 canisters, I would do both every week. If you stick to doing this, who knows-maybe you could go down to 1 filter at some point. Good luck!! Hope it works for you too!!
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:10 AM   #14
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I know!! I'm usually so meticulous...I just realized I was trying to get it done more quickly instead of doing it right when I was writing it out. Not cool!!
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:17 AM   #15
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I have a fluval 406 and I rinse ALL the media every week with my water change. I usually will also change out 1 item each week, for instance I did PWC Sunday and rinsed all bags of chemipure (changed 1), rinsed all biomax (shaking it up some to release any trapped particles), remove and rinsed/squeezed the large black foam, rinse and squeezed polishing pads(I replaced one last week), removed and squeezed/rinsed 3 of the long foams-replaced the other long foam. Then poured out water that was in canister itself and put it all back together. Primed the canister and started it up. It takes me less than 10 minutes to do this all, and I have the water from the PwC already in a bucket, so it's easy. Rinsing canister media once a month isn't enough. I think that's what the manual says, but the filter is collecting all sorts of food and poo and whatever else that has been floating around. All of that will break down inside your canister and turn to nitrates, then tour canister is just spitting the nitrates back into your tank. They have to be removed every week before they have a chance to break down. My nitrates ate usually 10 or less, and some might call my tank overly stocked. And if you have 2 canisters, I would do both every week. If you stick to doing this, who knows-maybe you could go down to 1 filter at some point. Good luck!! Hope it works for you too!!
I used to do that, but then read several threads with crashed tanks and people saying don't clean out your filters so often that it made me a bit nervous so I cut back to 1x a month. But it's obviously not working for my tank.

I rinsed all my filter media (both filters) in tank water last night and am going to do it again on one of them next week, then start alternating - every week I'll rinse a filter's sponges so I'm doing each filter every other week. Maybe that will be the magic combination. I think I'm also going to replace my Fluval with an Eheim. I've read so much about them and I've never been really happy with the Fluval so I might as well.

I changed 15% water last night while I was doing the filters and I'll check parameters tonight.

Thanks you guys!
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Old 09-11-2012, 07:36 PM   #16
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If you give your fish a nice live, or frozen treat, I am sure they will forgive you How about another XP filter. Then you only have to buy one kind of filter supplies instead of two seperate types
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I love my XP. I was looking at the Eheim only because of their reputation and the higher flow rate. But I hadn't thought about your point regarding the media. Another good reason to go with
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I love my XP. I was looking at the Eheim only because of their reputation and the higher flow rate. But I hadn't thought about your point regarding the media. Another good reason to go with
Er....dumb iPad, lol. I was going to finish that sentence!
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:50 PM   #19
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I think that way because I'm cheap---- er I mean frugal I use the same polishing pad until it absolutely falls apart. I still have the same sponges that came with the XP's
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A couple weeks ago I replaced the Fluval with a new Rena xP4, hoping that with the combination of new hoses (the Fluval's were so gross no matter what I did), better turnover, more media space and weekly rinsing of the media, I'd have my Nitrate problem under control. Last Friday I changed out 60% of my water when my nitrates showed 80ppm. 4 days later? Right back up to 80ppm!
I don't get it.
I'd rinsed Rena #1's filter media 4 days before. I fed 1x/day those four days but I watched my fish eat everything in put in the tank. All other parameters are steady (am:0, no2: 0, pH: 8.0) I can only get the No3 down under 40 for a couple of days.
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