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Old 10-16-2010, 07:08 AM   #1 
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Question Filter media?

Is it ok to change the filter media from my power filter when my tank is cycling? I already did it once, and replaced it with a new one rinsed in tap water to remove the carbon.
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Old 10-16-2010, 09:04 AM   #2 
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Does anyone know? Even if you don't, I could still use suggestions..?
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Old 10-16-2010, 10:48 AM   #3 
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Unless you want to use carbon-I would not change the filter media-only rinse/swish in old tank water with a water change 1-2 times a month and when the water flow slow to get the big pieces of gunk off to maintain water flow-most of the good bacteria colonize on/in the filter media.

When you do need to change the filter media or you want to use carbon that needs to be changed every 2-4 weeks-cut the sponge part off the filter and keep it with the new sponge for a week or so to seed the new media to prevent mini-cycle/spikes.
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cut the sponge part off the filter and keep it with a new sponge for a week or so to seed the new media to prevent mini-cycle/spikes
What do you mean?
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Old 10-16-2010, 03:38 PM   #5 
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What kind of filter media do you have/use?
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