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Old 03-31-2009, 07:32 PM   #11 
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so I can't use the filter anymore?
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:47 PM   #12 
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Would you be able to do partial changes like once or twice a week? I would leave the filter in there. Its not hurting anything.
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Old 03-31-2009, 07:56 PM   #13 
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Yes, I agree with DQ, use the filter!
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:02 PM   #14 
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Ok, yeah I can do partial changes. Is it ok to use a cup to remove the old water? That's what I've been doing. Just keep using buckets or whatever and then replacing it with clean water.
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I just did a partial on my 4 gallon. I use a cup to dip the water out and pour it into a bucket then empty the bucket into my tub.
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:25 PM   #16 
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You are going to need a gravel vac siphon cleaner. It will help remove any dirt trapped in the gravel. Walmart has them for pretty cheap.
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:29 PM   #17 
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ok, thanks
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:50 PM   #18 
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I have an uncylced tank... well 2 uncycled tanks, with filters. Surimi gets upset when his is turned off, and i didn't have time to cycle it. I suspect its fine, no problems so far and its been a few weeks. I have learned that the filter makes it easier to forget about the waterchanges (guess what I am doing tonight...)

The gravelvac is a good idea (i got mine for $6 at petco, and drama uses a ATurkey bastor ($1 at the dollar store) SInce you wouldn't believe how much yuck is in the gravel... but try using in in the sink first, its kinda hard to get the hang of...
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:53 PM   #19 
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Emmnemms, do you test your water?
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Old 04-02-2009, 06:57 AM   #20 
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If you have other cycled tanks you can steal some media from one of them and thus create a faster cycle in your uncycled tanks... I keep extra filters in most all my larger tanks for just that reason,, Can instantly cycle any new tank I decide to buy.. Great time saver......

testing water peremiters is a good idea at least once a week... I test peremiters in most all my tanks every day, Paranoid of something going haywire I guess... I have a little buzzer that goes off after each test is done, My hubby says he hears bells everywhere even when he sleeps. Drives him nuts, shrudges his shoulders and say's at least he knows he's still alive when he hears them dang bells.. :)
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