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You should only change the cartridge when the thing itself is falling apart. You should never replace it every month as the cycle will have to start over and such.

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Never, it holds beneficial bacteria. If you want fresh activated carbon,, cut off the top and pull out the plastic thingy over a bucket and all the carbon will come out, and you can replace it with new activated carbon. and ptu a plastic clip on the top. If the gunk in the cartridge is getting too much, swish (dont scrub) it out in a bucket of old tank water. Can someone plz explain cycling to her? I'm really bad at it.
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Never, it holds beneficial bacteria. If you want fresh activated carbon,, cut off the top and pull out the plastic thingy over a bucket and all the carbon will come out, and you can replace it with new activated carbon. and ptu a plastic clip on the top. If the gunk in the cartridge is getting too much, swish (dont scrub) it out in a bucket of old tank water. Can someone plz explain cycling to her? I'm really bad at it.
Oh okay. I get it. That makes a lot of sense. Ekkk well I know now not to change it out then. Thanks for the heads up. You know I thought to myself yesterday that I should of waited and not changed the cartridge. *sigh* I should of listened to my gut. Well hopefully everything is okay. Thanks again.
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Its fine, in about a month or so, you should stop seeing ammonia readings and start seeing nitrate readings (not to be confused with nitrite readings)
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You should only change the cartridge when the thing itself is falling apart. You should never replace it every month as the cycle will have to start over and such.
Oh okay that makes a lot of sense. I will definitely not make that mistake again. I'm trying so very hard to do things right. Thanks for letting me know. I appreciate that.
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No problem, so you need help on cycling? It's just the process of 2 special bacteria (Nitrosomas and Nitrospira) making a colony in the filter to eat up ammonia and nitrite. You still need to do water changes as the bacteria won't eat the nitrate. Easy?

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No problem, so you need help on cycling? It's just the process of 2 special bacteria (Nitrosomas and Nitrospira) making a colony in the filter to eat up ammonia and nitrite. You still need to do water changes as the bacteria won't eat the nitrate. Easy?
Oh I see. That is kinda cool when you say it that way. That doesn't sound too hard. Now how often should I do a water change? I have heard twice a week one 50% and then 100% water change. Would you say that is correct?

I have a 2.5 gal tank with a filter that houses a betta, snail and two live plants.
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Oh I see. That is kinda cool when you say it that way. That doesn't sound too hard. Now how often should I do a water change? I have heard twice a week one 50% and then 100% water change. Would you say that is correct?

I have a 2.5 gal tank with a filter that houses a betta, snail and two live plants.
With your current tank, that is a good amount of water changes. HOWEVER. A cycled tank should never have a 100% water change.


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With your current tank, that is a good amount of water changes. HOWEVER. A cycled tank should never have a 100% water change.
Okay. Gotcha. That was where I was confused. Thank you for clearing that up for me. This forum rocks!
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It really does! I've been here about a week and I've learned more than I ever thought I could about the fish and already have two..


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