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Old 07-25-2012, 08:41 PM   #11 
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What about this one?: http://www.amazon.com/Jardin-Aquariu...=sponge+filter My parents bought it for my 3.5 gallon
This filter and Kenny G's look great, and are at a really nice price. I'm just not sure how filters work. They run on electricity right? And you replace the cartridges or something? I'm sorry, I've always had fish in bowls before. How embarrassing....
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The filter I recommended needs an air pump and airline tubing. It just needs an outlet for the pump. Also known as an aerator.
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The filter I recommended needs an air pump and airline tubing. It just needs an outlet for the pump. Also known as an aerator.
Would you need to buy any sort of replacments or anything? Like changing the bag in a vacuum cleaner?
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You have to replace the filter when it literally is broken and doesn't stay on. Every 2 weeks wash it in your tank water to make it more clean and no plugs. If the airline tubing is dirty, just replace it. You get a lot of tubing in 1 pack so use the extra. Just cut it off.
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Which ever filter you decide to go with you can research online and get the best & cheapest price on filter cartridges. The filter cartridge will only needed to be changed every 4-6 weeks. I change mine every month in both my tanks. Also there are always things to do to any filter to slow down the suction to make it safe for smaller tanks.
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Arent you supposed to only change your filter media when its falling apart and only after you've seeded it to preserve BB? Considering carbon is basically useless after about a week...
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Old 07-26-2012, 06:45 AM   #17 
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I change my filter only a couple of times a year.

The filter holds all the good bacteria, so you shouldn't change it unless it's too gunked up to still let water through.
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It's always a personal preference. It's up to the tank owners discretion due to number of fish and water conditions.
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Old 07-27-2012, 03:01 PM   #19 
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Okay, thanks for all the advice. I'll look around for a nice, cheap filter. I might go with the one at Petsmart, because that's where I go the most. Thanks again :)
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