[quote=mushumouse;1667329]they do get dirty, but still like spokytooth says, you're just supposed to take it out every so often & swish it around in a bucket of tank water. NOT straight tap water, it has to be water that you've used your water contitioner in. that washes out some of the debris that get stuck in it and you put it back in, it's fine that it looks dirty as long as water can still pass through it.
carbon is the crunchy black rock stuff that some filter pouches have in side of them. for me, i cut mine open and just rinsed the carbon out in a bucket and kept using it because i'm cheap.
Ok well i dnt see any black rocks just got the filter and the water goes through and out the yop...theres a pad that slips in and thats all and thats the part i was wondering about...do i still just leave that and for how long? Whats a sign that its bad? The water is still flowing and i did my water change today and swished it in the old water...anymore info about this for sure would be great because my betta is very happy so far his first month and im also very happy too lol