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Old 04-27-2013, 11:48 PM   #281
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I recharged mine after it was really really brown.. i don't remember the exact length of time but maybe 2 months.. curious to hear other people's answer
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Old 04-28-2013, 04:10 AM   #282
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I have a quick question tonight!

How often do you guys change your Purigen? I currently have a pouch of it in my filter, which I believe is good for 100 gallons. Thank you!
I have two bags(100g) in my canister. I haven't charged mine in about 4mths. It really depends on the load in your tank. I would say mine is ready to be charged very soon. I will check it today during my PWC. As was said, not until it's really dark brown, almost black. Take yours out and give it a rinse in old tank water. It could be good for another bit....
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Old 04-28-2013, 07:56 AM   #283
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Thanks for the input both of you, I appreciate it.
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Old 04-28-2013, 10:50 AM   #284
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I too change mine when the beads turn very dark which varies from tank to tank depending on alot of different factors. I've actually gone up to 6 monts in tanks with low bio-loads before and have had to do it as often as 2 weeks when in a tank with heavily leaching tannins. You basically just have to watch it and change it as needed.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:42 AM   #285
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Are you going to change it for new or recharge it??
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:26 PM   #286
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Thanks Janis!


Ian- I am not sure yet, maybe I will try to recharge it. It seems like a daunting task though.
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Old 04-28-2013, 12:37 PM   #287
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Ian- I am not sure yet, maybe I will try to recharge it. It seems like a daunting task though.
Nah, it's simple. I have no choice really, as I pay a lot for Prime and Purigen over here. It might be financially better for you to recharge it. Less papers for you to deliver....haha!!!
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Old 04-29-2013, 09:04 PM   #288
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Swordtails would not be a good choice for this tank, would they (especially with the Guppy?)?

I love these over at Liveaquaria, but I don't think they will work. Am I correct in my thinking?

Tropical Fish for Freshwater Aquariums: Koi Swordtail
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The problem with Swords is they have a high bio-load and what few people know is male swords can get 5+ inches and really need a large tank. Too often people see the cute little guys in a fish store and don't realize how big they can get.
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The problem with Swords is they have a high bio-load and what few people know is male swords can get 5+ inches and really need a large tank. Too often people see the cute little guys in a fish store and don't realize how big they can get.
I agree, it's not aggression that's the issue. It's the bio-load.....
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I agree, it's not aggression that's the issue. It's the bio-load.....
Thanks both of you for your help! Maybe these guys will be an option for my future bigger freshwater tank.
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What are your guys' thoughts on three or so White Skirts to go along with the Blacks?
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One more fish question......I have been looking at Bolivian Rams, and may go with those as opposed to the GBRs, any thoughts? Thank you!
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Oh, I realize a pair of GBRs is innapropriate for this aquarium, but is a pair of Bolivians equal unacceptable? What about two females?

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IMO just getting a single male GBR or Bolivian would be the way to go in this tank. They would be peaceful and not cause any issues in a smaller tank being singles. Two females can exsist together alot better than two males but there will still be bickering especially if you get a more aggressive female.
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Ah, thanks Janis!

I know a LFS has some Bolivians in stock currently, but don't want to purchase one yet if the tank is not ready.
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You can add a Bolivian sooner than a GBR although IMO they aren't as pretty. I actually think the female Bolivians are prettier due to their pink bellies.
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Hmmmm, so much to think about! I may just stick to the original plan of a GBR, and plan for around June so the tank is more established.

I am very indecisive!
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Better to wait and get something you want than get something now that your not going to be happy with in the long run.
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Very true.

I am definitely going to wait for the GBR. I like Bolivians too, but have decided on a GBR for this tank. Patience certainly is a virtue!

Thanks a bunch! I REALLY appreciate it!
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