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Old 01-21-2013, 09:59 PM   #11 
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I read some things online but nothing about my particular filter. Here's my take on using a sponge and PLEASE correct me if I'm wrong.

I have a Top Fin 10 that came with the tank. There are two slots, one holds a plastic base with a thin pad attached that slides into the slot, in the other slot the carbon sack slides in. From what I gather I take out the carbon sack and cut a piece of aquarium sponge the same size and push it down into the slot. When I do water changes I rinse both pieces in the bucket of water that I removed from the tank. Does this sound right?
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:06 PM   #12 
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If I'm understanding yes you are correct. I have the same filter, I removed the filter cartridge from the plastic frame, put the frame into its slot & stuffed the sponge between the frame & filter housing towards the tank so the water still flows from behind the sponge.

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Old 01-21-2013, 10:18 PM   #13 
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you put the sponge in the back slot where the plastic thingy is? and what about the slot that holds the carbon filter, just leave that empty?
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:24 PM   #14 
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Ummm, yes. I have 2 different types of Top Fin filters so I got a little confused.
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:26 PM   #15 
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ok got it....I swear this is all driving me to drink...tank water that is lol!
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:11 PM   #16 
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Yikes! I put too much ammonia in and now it's at 8 what to do??
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:15 PM   #17 
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Just do a 50% water change. Make sure you condition it before you replace the water. No big deal :)
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:40 PM   #18 
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will do thanks :)
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Old 01-23-2013, 07:00 AM   #19 
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Ammonia back down to 4, I feel like a mad scientist but I have another question. I ordered some things from Amazon yesterday and I guess I wasn't paying attention when I ordered blue bonded filter pad that can be cut to size. I meant to buy aquarium sponge, can I use this in place of sponge in my filter?
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Old 02-03-2013, 07:15 AM   #20 
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Day 14 for fishless cycle...
ammonia 4.0
nitrite .25
nitrate .25

Am I on track? Is this a problem that the nitrAte is rising?
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