Lol funny story today involving my 5.5 gallons filter. I kept the filter with the set up, it's Top Fin, baffled it with a soda bottle. It's been cycled for about 3 weeks now and is holding my 5 Sunset Wag Platy Fry that I will eventually sell when they get a little older.
I also moved Rembrandt to that tank since he was the only longer tailed male Betta that I had so he can't exactly keep up to try to eat the Platy Fry. Originally Mercury was in there but he wouldn't leave the fry alone! Granted they are bigger than his mouth but I still didn't want him to damage my little fry. So then I tried Jarvis since I had seen him in a community tank before and he did was flare a little and then just chill in his corner. He too chased the fry too much.
So long story short, Mercury is in Remmy's old split and Jarvis is back in his 3 gallon and the fry are all safe. Remmy doesn't even seem to care about the fry anymore, knowing he can't catch them and they aren't stupid enough to cross in front of him.
So I was doing my bi-weekly water change on that tank and I remembered that it was time to give the filter media a swish! So I untaped the lid (darn lid doesn't have a hinge of any sorts) and I took the media out after having done a siphoning on it. I went to swish it and the entire thing just like melted in my hands! I had to laugh because I haven't had any media actually fall apart on me before!!
It was so funny I had to take some pictures! They'll be below.
I do have a question though through all of this, I stuffed the filter with the AquaClear Sponge I had laying around (man that stuff was hard to cut!) and I hope I have enough bacteria on everything else that it won't cause a mini-cycle or anything because I literally couldn't put the cartridge back in there.
So Question: will the filter be alright with the sponge and the black carbon thing?
I never actually thought about it, but will I absolutely need activated carbon cartridge? I know there's the three different filtrations and I assume the activated carbon is just one of them? Is that one the chemical filtration?
I assume it will be fine, but I've assumed a great many things before and just want to make for certain :)
And now for those wonderful pictures XD
(Disregard the black water, it was from swishing out my 33 gallon cartridge as well which has three pieces of driftwood in there so it turns my water black whenever I swish out the cartridge.)
It was just purely decimated haha
And that's my fun story of the day XD Hope you enjoyed lol, you can share you experiences like this too if you like!