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Old 02-06-2014, 04:34 PM   #11 
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My filter is small, and only holds one cartridge, how should I change it without losing all of my great bacteria.
I would change the cartridge out for some filter sponge (buy a big one cheap, and cut it with scissors to fit) and then never worry about changing it again. Just swish it in some old tank water (during water changes) periodically (not at every water change, just when the sponge seems dirty).
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:25 AM   #12 
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Oh, so no more cartridge, just a peice of sponge? Does this also baffle the flow?
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:36 AM   #13 
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Aquaclear sponges are perfect - they are easily cut to shape.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:57 AM   #14 
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Ok sweet. And those can easily be found at Petco or Petsmart?
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:36 PM   #16 
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One more quick question about filters. The filter I have, like most filters, sucks up the water through a sponge/mesh thing, passes the water through the cartridges and then out over a mini ramp looking thing. Now, common sense tells me not to let the water flow past the ramp when I'm doing my 25% water changes. The only problem is that as the water evaporates, the water dripping off the ramp starts to splash and make loud noises. Would it be safe to fill the water up the the very top of the tank, all the way past the ramp? Or is that a bad idea?
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:52 PM   #17 
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Filter Cartridge Question

You can fill it up, just as long as the filter outflow is still able to create ripples, breaking the surface tension of the water. That's what allows the gas exchange to occur.

To battle evaporation, get yourself a glass top instead of the plastic good thing.
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Old 02-09-2014, 11:48 PM   #18 
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Less elegant, but way less expensive is cling-film.
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:06 AM   #19 
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Filter Cartridge Question

Plastic hood I meant

Hal you can't put the containers of food on the cling film!
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Old 02-10-2014, 12:39 AM   #20 
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Uh,...Ya boy...I fergit.
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