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Old 08-16-2012, 01:42 PM   #31 
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OK, so i was reading on the site you gave me and it said that filter current keeps them "in check"

Control - Complete eradication is all but impossible. Proper aquarium maintenance and filtration will keep their numbers down enough to be unapparent. Providing a good current, even without filtration, will also keep the Cyclops in check.

I just realized that a week ago i baffled the filter with a water bottle....could this be why the showed up? And i just didn't notice them before because of the filter current?
It could be, yes. Makes a lot of sense to me.

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They creep me out a little, but at the same time they are cute :)
They have their own level of charm haha, certainly not for everyone though! Planaria and detritus worms gross me out a little but then they are just more types of food for my bettas!
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Ok then, i will remove the baffle, as it dosent stop the flow that well anyways, and see what happens.

I will get back to this thread in a couple of minutes with results.

Also, worms gross me out :)
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:45 PM   #33 
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Awesome! Good luck.
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Old 08-16-2012, 01:47 PM   #34 
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The only time I worry about them is when they show up in my spawning tank because I fear for the safety of eggs/fry. When that happens, I empty the tank, scrub it really good and then let it dry in the sun. I can't say that gets rid of all of them, but it works for me.
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Ok removed the baffle, HUGE difference. Plus, all this algae "flakes" were on the leaves of my plants, and when i removed the baffle BOOM! They just all shot up in a whirlpool of algae, and got sucked into the filter. Its still a little cloudy, but the filter is doing a good job of getting rid of them.

If i look REALLY HARD and CLOSESLY, i can see an occasional one or two, but i think it was because of the baffle that i didn't notice them. You would also have to study the glass to see them, which i only did last night.

I will still do a water change.

Do you think its time to change my filter cat ridge? Its been a couple of months, and its getting nasty looking. I usually would change it every 4 weeks, but because of what everybody on this site said about the cycle, i haven't changed it for a couple of months. If i were to change it, should i seed it with some of the nasty media, and then do a water change on another day as to not disrupt the cycle?
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I just clean my filter medium under the tap and put it back in unless it's really bad.
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Old 08-16-2012, 02:42 PM   #37 
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ok sounds good :) but its brown and green from algae bleh
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Old 08-16-2012, 04:08 PM   #38 
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I'd suggest swishing your filter media in old tap water during a water change. Chlorine can kill beneficial bacteria as it can fish so you don't want to destroy your cycle.

Chances are some of the brown gunk in your filter sponge is beneficial bacteria.
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Old 08-17-2012, 01:38 AM   #39 
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I kind of wish we had microscopes and slides like in Anatomy class. Then we could see what shape these things are. Nothing anyone sent me as far as lniks could really help since no one is actually looking at what we have under microscopes. They can spew their theories all day long, they don't know what they are.
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Old 08-17-2012, 09:54 PM   #40 
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Thanks so much everybody!
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