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Old 07-24-2013, 01:24 PM   #11 
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Changing the filter cartridge isn't as necessary as the package states. By constantly replacing your cartridge, you are throwing out a lot of good beneficial bacteria and setting your tank up for a mini- cycle, which isn't good.

A new pad gives you the benefit of fresh carbon, but that's only useful if you are trying to remove something like medication from the water. Otherwise, there's no need to change it every 30 days. Just give them a quick rinse in decholoinated water, or old tank water and you're good to go.

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Old 07-24-2013, 04:16 PM   #12 
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Yeah, but not changing it AT ALL? I don't use cartridges in my HOB filters, i just use them for bio filtration, but when i had my cichlid tanks I rinsed them every water change and changed them about every 5 weeks or so... My tanks were gross though because cichlids are pigs.
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Well of course you'd want to replace it when it gets gross or worn out. Or you could ditch filter pads and use other media instead like filter floss or bio rings.
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That's what i was saying...
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:46 PM   #15 
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Ok, so the tank is a 5 gallon. How much hydrogen peroxide would I need then? I'm REALLY bad at math...
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