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Old 02-02-2011, 12:47 AM   #31 
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ok great![=
so will this help the current not be so strong?
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:55 AM   #32 
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Yeah. I have that same type of baffle in Melvin's tank and he can even swim right under it and he does not get pulled down.
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:18 AM   #33 
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ok[= thank you soo much[=
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Old 02-02-2011, 01:33 AM   #34 
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That is what we are here for. :)
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:52 AM   #35 
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I thought that might be the filter! That's the one that it shows on the box.

You can definitely still rubberband a sponge over, like Aluyasha said.

Change your water 50% twice a week and you'll cycle eventually. :) If you don't have a test kit for (at least) ammonia, you might want to invest in one. You can get the API liquid test for ammonia by itself for $9 at Petsmart/Petco.

You'll want to test to make sure you're doing water changes as often as you need to. Every tank is different, and you may be able to change more or less. Your goal will be to keep ammonia below .25 ppm.

Also, using Prime or Amquel as water conditioner will help your fish feel less stressed, as they neutralize ammonia and nitrite in the water (beneficial bacteria will still be able to take in the ammonia and nitrite).
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Old 02-02-2011, 12:21 PM   #36 
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okay, I am going there today so I will look into it[=
also, How often do I need to change the little cartridge?
One more question, with a filtered tank, how often should i take everything out and clean everything?[=
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If you're looking to cycle, never change the cartridge. Just rinse it in tank water (like, stick it in the bucket of water you've siphoned/scooped out, and stir it around to get the loose gunk off). Replacing it will get rid of your bacterial colony, and you'd have to cycle again. Saves you some money - you won't have to buy any cartridges! ;)

You will not have to take everything out and clean it unless you get algae and you want to scrub it off, or something contaminates your tank, etc.

You can scrub off algae in the tank, as well, though... without removing anything.

You'll just have to move your stuff around once or twice a month and vacuum under all of it with your gravel vacuum/siphon. Or you can move everything and stir up all the junk and just scoop it out with a cup. Depends how you want to do your water changes.
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