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Old 02-16-2013, 12:26 AM   #1 
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Question Filter foam help?

Hey guys I just wanted to know how often should you replace your wool foam stuff(no clue what it's called) the one where your carbon is wrapped in.
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I just took mine out and washed it and it was all brown and icky it's now cleanish, I just wanted to know how often I should completely get new foam.
Also how do you know when to replace your carbon beads?
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Old 02-16-2013, 08:46 AM   #2 
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Carbon isn't needed unless you're removing something from your water, I don't use any carbon. I think it quits working in 4-6 wks. As for the padding, replace when absolutely falling apart as you will have lots of BB in it you don't want to get rid of.
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A lot of what's in that brown, icky stuff is nitrifying bacteria which is converting ammonia in your tank. You don't want to throw that away. Keepers go through a lot of trouble to grow that stuff.

Check your readings and see if it makes much difference.

As Shellie suggests: only replace your filter media when it's falling apart, and then only half at a time.

She's right about carbon, too. In a small Betta tank, it's only for removing medication.
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