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Old 07-03-2012, 10:54 PM   #1 
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cartridge falling apart

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I have a 5 G tank with a Marina i25 internal filter. I have the same cartridge for 3 months now. I just rinse it in the «old» water once a week but its getting really disgusting. The white «moss» is getting like fluffy. Should I change it? if yes, how can I preserve my cycle? I was thinking about putting a new cartridge in the filter and hanging the old one in the tank for a while to let the bactarias go into the new cartridge. What do you think?
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:32 PM   #2 
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You're on the right track! Save the falling apart media and stuff it in your filter with the new. This will help transfer the good bacteria onto the new media. Keep it in there for a long time though. I did this with a filter and made the newbie mistake of throwing the old stuff out after only 3 days. My tank completely started over with the cycle and a whole month later it still isn't finished. So frustrating!
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:40 PM   #3 
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it would probably be easier to buy filter pad and cut it to size, most stores will carry large filter padding that u cut to size, then u can rince it and reuse it and when it gets really gross slowly change it to a new piece. Does your cartridge have carbon in it? ive heard once the carbon has been used in filters it can actually leach the stuff it was absorbing back into the tank so i would never leave carbon in a filter for over a month.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:53 PM   #4 
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I have aqueon filters but I dont use their cartridges. I use the foam for aquaclear filters and stuff it where the cartridge is supposed to go. For me, their 30-50 gallon filter foam fits in perfectly. I also stuff some at the outflow to slow down the current.
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Old 07-03-2012, 11:59 PM   #5 
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I have aqueon filters but I dont use their cartridges. I use the foam for aquaclear filters and stuff it where the cartridge is supposed to go. For me, their 30-50 gallon filter foam fits in perfectly. I also stuff some at the outflow to slow down the current.
thats a good idea. you could even buy some aquaclear biomax and add it with the foam to get a good biological filtration going.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:09 AM   #6 
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great! thanks for the ideas!
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:19 AM   #7 
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Total Newbie here


So let me get this straight, if you replace an old filter with new you destroy the cycle. You cut the mesh off of the top of the old filter and put it ontop of the new and it transfers/allows the bacteria to grow on the new filter.

When you rinse it off, I run it under a bunch of hot water and try and rub the gunk off, would it kill off any of the old bacteria?

My filter unit looks like this.
http://promycatyourdog.com/images/ravudewu.jpg

So I can cut the old filter material off and add new carbon to the bottom and replace with new material. How often should this be done?

I'm sorry for intruding in on you post with questions, this is totally new information to me.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:30 AM   #8 
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Yes, the old cut up filter will help transfer the good bacteria to the new filter media. Do not rinse your filter in anything but old tank water you are about to change. The chlorine in tap water kills the bacteria. The slime needs to be there. As gross as it may seem it is the good bacteria that is suppose to be there. Don't replace your filter media unless it is falling apart. Until then it will still do its job. The only exception to this is carbon. It will only absorb medicine, odors and colors (such as tannins from driftwood) for up to 1 month. After that it is dead and not doing your tank any good. Carbon isn't necessary as long as the above examples aren't present and you do weekly partial water changes.
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Old 07-04-2012, 12:35 AM   #9 
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So I'm just suppose to rinse the filter off in the old tank water. Enough to get solids of, not scrub the heck out of it to make in non slimy.

I am using the same filter that I used with my gold fish. I boiled the living heck out of it before using it again when I redid the tank for the betta. It still has the old carbon in it. Should I just go ahead and remove the carbon?

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Yep. That's all it needs and all I do with my tanks.
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