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Does it go like this?





Or like this





So which way does the filter go in? Pic number one or pic number two?
 

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second way. Cloth faces the back.
 

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You shouldn't change the media as it greatly effects the filter media that breaks down harmful substances such. Ammonia, and nitrites. So only change your media if it is direly needed.
 

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How do I know when it is time to change? When I do I dont clean the whole filter pump itself do I? Sorry Im new to this and dont wanna mess it up.
 

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You should just clean out the media every 2-3 weeks with old aquarium water to dilute the amount of gunk and help prevent the filter from getting clogged and not working properly. You should only chane in dire situations and you should find a way to preserve the bacteria when doing this. A good example would be when ou have to use any antibacterial medications for any reason. These are known to kill filter bacteria so it should be removed, and preserved. Possibly by removing the filter to another tank with a steady supply of ammonia. Along with chanign wqter to keep ammonia and nitrites down, and If you do have any fish other than labyrinth then you should use an aerator, to keep conditions optimal.
 

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you could replace the same piece you were holding every 2 or 3 weeks, just dont replace it the same day you do a water change, as this can be bad for the beneficial bacteria and cause an ammonia spike and kill your fish.
 

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I dont even know why the sides of the boxes of filter systems tell u to change them then lol. Probably for the money. Now sense I got a filter system, Should I ever change all the water in the tank at once? I know they dont suggest doing that with other tropical fish. I do have a gravel vaccum but I know in a small tank I would have to work quickly with it. Should I remove all the rocks ever to rinse them? Or just gravel vacuum them? I wanna give my little betta the best possible care.
 

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How large is the tank?
What is the stocking?
These few answers would better help us depict whether or not you should fully clean the tank, or not
 

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Whats the media the filter system itsself? And yea Im talking about that filter piece I wasnt sure which way it was soposed to go in. Thats were the healthy bacteria grows so never change it?
 

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That looks like a 1.5 gallon? If I am right I change mine 100 percent a week and rinse everything in warm water including the rocks. I don't use gravel in small tanks because it's harder to deal with than those shiny glass stones. I don't cycle anything under two gallons. It's most common on here to recommend people to do a 50 percent water change and then a 100 percent water change in a week in a smaller tank but opinions vary.
 

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Im confused. So never clean the part the carbon filter sits down in? Or never replace the carbon filter itself that piece I wasnt sure was backwards or whatever... That was the piece I was asking if it needed changed every 30 days.
 

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So the piece I was holding in my hand I do need to completely replace that every month? And the black filter thing it sits in thats were the healthy bacteria is?
 

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Just rinse the piece you were holding in dechlorinated water and do a 100% water change weekly, only replace the piece you were holding if it starts falling apart
 

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I'm confused now too... lol. I hope someone can explain this to both of us. I don't use a filter in my 1.5gallon I gave it to my mother-in-law for her 3 gallon. Also, my tank is currently empty anyways. Now I am insanly curious that I think about it more. I mean, who has an opinion on how necessary this filter is in a 1.5 gallon that will need more water changes anyways? Would it be there just for debree? Will that change the filter changing ritual?
 

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Oh okay *ILLBETHEJUDGE* kinda answered that a little. Thank you my brain was hurting.
 

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IMO you don't need a filter in anything less than 5 gallons but you will need to do 100% water changes every week but that is just my opinion.
 

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I got a new tank cause that hexagon tyank I had was missing the top rim to it and we had the cover rigged to the light and it looked ugly. Also The filter system alone was like with tax probably would have been close to 12 bucks. And this tank was 19 dollars and it came with that same filter system that was being sold seperatly for the 12 dollars. So I was thinking heck for 7 bucks more I can get a whole new tank. And I like having a filter on even small tanks because after 24 hours the water in that hexagon tank was getting cloudy. And I like clear water and im sure Scarlet does too.
 
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