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Old 04-12-2014, 07:22 PM   #1 
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New Filter-- all cycle tests OK

Hello everyone! I'm new to this board but I've been reading posts here since I got my betta last year. My Princess Kate's old filter suddenly went dead so I bought a new filter to put in her tank. I took the old spongy part and stuffed it in with this new filter to help keep the nitrogen cycle.

My question is how long should I keep the old filtration material in there? I just tested the tank and the ammonia and nitrite were 0ppm. Should I wait a little bit more for more of the good bacteria to cling to the new filter?

I have the 3 gallon Tetra Crescent mixed with real and plastic plants. Don't worry, my fish is only a 1 inch little lady betta. Sometimes, I can't even find her in the tank.

Thanks for your help!
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Old 04-12-2014, 07:55 PM   #2 
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3 gallons is totally fine for a Betta! No worries ^_^ We accept anything 1 gallons and over generally on this forum, we're not like yahoo!answers thankfully!!

Generally it's a good idea to let it seed for 2 weeks. So you have both old media and new media in the filter? If so, yes, keep the old stuff in for 2 weeks just to be certain and after that you can take it out if you like.
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Old 04-13-2014, 01:49 PM   #3 
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Thanks so much! I tested the water again today and all the parameters are great. I'll leave the old filter stuff in there for two weeks just to be sure.

About the fish tank, it's really sad though when I go to Petsmart and I see these really cute .5 gallon bowls that are really better suited as flower vases. Problem is they make them cute so little kids want them! I wish there was a way to keep manufacturers from marketing these as fish bowls.
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