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Old 06-05-2013, 10:59 PM   #21 
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Yep. It drives me nuts how companies try and get you to buy more product by claiming that your cartridge needs replacing every 2-4 weeks.

I have sponge in my goldfish tanks that has not needed replacing for four years now.

I think the only media that falls apart and may need replacing is the really fine filter wool used for (I believe) polishing the water.

Also, only ever rinse your filter media in dechlorinated water. Washing it under tap water can kill off your beneficial bacteria. A gentle swish around every so often is usually enough.
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Old 06-05-2013, 11:17 PM   #22 
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I thoroughly wash my mechanical media under running tap water, and biomedia gets a quick splash to get any gunk off. Washing with tap water won't sterilize the media - it just gets recolonized by what survives. Is it a good idea to wash month old media that just finished cycling in tap water? Of course not, but one should not wash their filter media in any way for as long as possible after completing the cycle, so that should never happen

Cycles are delicate when they are new... But once they are well established they are all but bulletproof.

I am not trying to get the OP to go do what I do, but rather just to know that they needn't live in fear forever - only the first few months


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Old 06-06-2013, 08:46 PM   #23 
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Thank you both for the advice. I definitely didn't think it would be a good idea to change the filter right now...seems as if it would defeat the purpose if what I'm trying to do. Do you guys know if schooling fish can become more aggressive with each other if there aren't many of them? I started with 6 neons and two died due to the tail biting (earlier posts) the other four have been fine for the longest time until last week. Two of them will chase each other. I was just curious of this behavior could be because there aren't enough of them. I didn't want to replace/add any until the cycling is done.
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Old 06-06-2013, 08:52 PM   #24 
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Im just excited mine FINALLY cycled! took about 8wks but my numbers are looking pretty good finally (did fish in)
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Thank you both for the advice. I definitely didn't think it would be a good idea to change the filter right now...seems as if it would defeat the purpose if what I'm trying to do. Do you guys know if schooling fish can become more aggressive with each other if there aren't many of them? I started with 6 neons and two died due to the tail biting (earlier posts) the other four have been fine for the longest time until last week. Two of them will chase each other. I was just curious of this behavior could be because there aren't enough of them. I didn't want to replace/add any until the cycling is done.
Yes, fish can get aggressive when kept in a small group. Even in a large group, some degree of infighting will still occur. I would get more if you intend on keeping them. But not till after the cycle is done, exactly right. No need to add to the bioload and make it any harder. Too, the cycling itself can cause fish to act out.
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Good news!!!! My nitrites tested at 0 today!!! I'm definitely going to keep testing to make sure but I was soooo excited. (Muhahaha...I just mentally heard myself say I'm excited over water ) So I'm definitely gonna keep testing to make sure it's consistent. Just happy I made it trough with no fish loss. Jaysee (and everyone else who contributed thoughts)...thank you sooooo much for all the advice. Even though it was a lot of work...I'm really glad I did this. I never imagined how therapeutic it would become to work on the tank everyday.
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