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Old 12-15-2012, 06:47 PM   #1 
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I have a rectangular 2.5gal tank that has a heater and i just got him a whisper 3i filter and have had it for a little over 2 weeks...

should i be doing any cleaning besides cleaning off the evaporation lines (with gloves lol)? Also, every cartridge change i stop his filter and heater and clean them off with a washcloth.... what else should i be doing? because i don't think ALL his waste is being sucked up into the filter and i DO NOT want him to get ammonia poisoning..... please help!
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:17 PM   #2 
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Come on betta experts!! where are you guys?
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:26 PM   #3 
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You actually shouldn't be changing the filter cartridge, that's just a scheme by the company that sells them to make money. In reality the cartridge has tons of beneficial bacteria growing on it, so you just need to swish it around in old tank water when you do water changes so the bacteria stay alive :) Then just pop it back into the filter and you're good.

If you think there's waste collecting in your gravel or substrate, you can vacuum it out an aquarium vac.
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Old 12-15-2012, 07:30 PM   #4 
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You actually shouldn't be changing the filter cartridge, that's just a scheme by the company that sells them to make money. In reality the cartridge has tons of beneficial bacteria growing on it, so you just need to swish it around in old tank water when you do water changes so the bacteria stay alive :) Then just pop it back into the filter and you're good.

If you think there's waste collecting in your gravel or substrate, you can vacuum it out an aquarium vac.
REALLY?! But when i swish the cartridge around won't all his old waste and debris float back into the water???
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REALLY?! But when i swish the cartridge around won't all his old waste and debris float back into the water???
Nope, the bacteria eat the waste that comes through the filter :)
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That's amazing
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Old 12-15-2012, 08:16 PM   #7 
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That's amazing
Yeah, bacteria can be pretty darn useful Most fish waste is liquid anyway, so by removing and replacing the water, you're getting rid it with water changes. That's why they're so important.

Also, if your filter is ever turned off for more than 48 hours, the beneficial bacteria in it will die so do your best to avoid this happening.

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Old 12-15-2012, 08:23 PM   #8 
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Yeah, bacteria can be pretty darn useful Most fish waste is liquid anyway, so by removing and replacing the water, you're getting rid it with water changes. That's why they're so important.

Also, if your filter is ever turned off for more than 48 hours, the beneficial bacteria in it will die so do your best to avoid this happening.
so i still have to be doing water changes?!?!?! aw man
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so i still have to be doing water changes?!?!?! aw man
Yep you'll be needing to do 2 50% changes per week. You only need to swish the filter cartridge in old tank water twice a month, not every time you change the water :)
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Yep you'll be needing to do 2 50% changes per week.
so do i just turn off the filter and heater and move Zuko to a seperate container and change the water like a normal change?
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