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Old 03-07-2013, 07:46 PM   #31 
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I do use it in my 10gal. Its one of the cartridges I use in my power filter (I use one of the marina slims) . I use that with an undergravel filter an under gravel filter as well.

I'm over the recommended bioload for my aquarium, its a community some of which were gifted. I have a strict 'no more fish!' rule in effect as of the last gift.

I am managing to hold a stable cycle though.
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:19 PM   #32 
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Ah, yea "gifts" can really mess you up when it comes to pets. But that's good to hear it's working for you! Do you have to replace it very often?
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Old 03-07-2013, 08:23 PM   #33 
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Another thing I'd suggest is to get as much filter media as you can and keep it in your tank, where it will cycle. Then you can have it against emergencies/buying more filters for an instant cycle. :)
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:13 PM   #34 
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Ok will do. The goal is to get all the changes we can done this weekend, so we won't have to worry about it when the baby comes. Thank you for all the help everyone, and as always any further suggestions are welcome. :)
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Old 03-07-2013, 09:52 PM   #35 
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I replace one cartridge once a month. I swish my cartridges inbetween changes too keep anything solid from building up. My filter intake is set pretty low in the tank so I end up a good bit fish poo and what not on the intake sponge.

I also have an under gravel filter and that also helps a bit.

I have a lot of filtration in my tank, but I essentially have a bottom feeder for each middle-upper level swimmer. And bottom feeders that are non-shrimpy are usually poopy little guys XP.
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Old 03-07-2013, 10:08 PM   #36 
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Alright, I will start doing that to see if it helps. And I hear you on the bottom feeders, as we have had a few Mystery Snails... enough said. :P
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Old 03-10-2013, 03:48 PM   #37 
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Just an update: My fiance decided to go ahead and buy a bigger filter instead of using the ten gallon one we have, so the Goldfish now have seventy five gallons of filtration. I'm hoping that will make a difference for them!
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Old 03-10-2013, 07:30 PM   #38 
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That's awesome news! :)
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Old 03-10-2013, 08:23 PM   #39 
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you will be amazed at the amount of crap the larger filter will pick up. I got a aquaclear that is rated for a 75 gallon tank (got it for like $10 off ebay) and stuck it on a 20G tank with 2 goldfish (they are not mine). I have noticed that when siphoning, the gravel is alot cleaner then it was with the 10G filter.

There are ammonia and nitrAte reducing pads that can be added to filters but not sure how or if they work. I though about trying them out with the goldies
http://www.clubreefaquarium.com/serv...dsh-Fit/Detail

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That's good to hear. He did a large water change today as well, so hopefully we'll see improvement in the next week. I've never seen those pads before but will look for them the next time we go to the pet store. If I do find them and buy some, I will let you know if they work. :)
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