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Well, I cannot guarantee the fish is going to make it. He's been sick a long time. I will guarantee that if he gets better, new filters are a must. Lack of proper filtration is a big cause of current conditions. Understand though that just hooking up new filters is not a quick fix. They will need at least 8 weeks to develop their own bacteria colony. Weak as they are, you need to run you current filters in conjunction with whatever new unit(s) you may opt for. As I suggested before, get those carbon cartridges out of the Whispers. Keep the bio foam. Replace cartridges with floss or sponges.


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Ok, I will hold off on buying a new filter system....I definitely will if Oscars pulls through. Sorry for what will probably be stupid questions but I want to make sure I understand. There are dark colored pads that sit infront of the carbon filters. So, in the carbon filters I should remove all carbon and pack in sponges....what kind of sponges....and do I remove the black pads that sit infront of carbon filters....sorry again for all the questions. I want to do everything I can for him.:)
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You also mentioned floss? What kind if we do that instead of sponges also?
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You ask as many question as yo need to. Hundreds if thats what it takes. The black pads are your bio pads. Keep intact, never touch unless excessively filthy, and then a gentle swish in a bucket of tank water is good. Get rid of the cartridges in the back. You can use any kind of household sponge pieces. WITHOUT bleaches, cleansers etc of course. You can also use filter floss, comes in small rolls, should be available at Petsmart, Petco, lfs, whatever you have nearby. This is the mechanical media. Your filter works like this... water drawn in thru the intake line. From the bottom it passes thru the back first. Then thru the bio pad, then out, waterfall style.


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Ok, do I put the filter floss or sponges inside of the white pouches which would normally hold carbon?? Not sure how else to stabilize them behind the bio pads? Thank you :)
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Pack that any way that you think will let water flow thru them. You dont need both. Floss may be easier to pack in. As much as you can, it will severely shrink when wet. Its a simple process, water flows thru, floss or sponge catches dirt. Keeps the biopad from clogging, leaving more room for bacteria to grow.


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Ok, I will be doing that tomorrow for sure. Then another 70% water change on Thursday and I will also remove gravel if you think it may help. I will put a cap full of the Seachem Prime after water change....should I test water again with the new kit at some point?
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Test just before the water change. This will give you an indication of how quickly toxins build. Called nitrate creep. The procedure is like this. Drain old water, add Prime, then refill. Prime's primary function is as a dechlorinator, so you want it in contact with all incoming water molecules. The ammonia neutralizer is a bonus. How do you change water? If its the bucket brigade, then you need to buy The Python. Its a hose and connection that fits on your tap. Drains and vacs the bottom. Turn an attachment at the tap and then it will refill. A must have for serious water changing.


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Yes we use a 5 gallon bucket. Should I be killing chlorine in his water before adding it....I have been?
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Prime reacts instantly. Cap of Prime in the tank, then add water. Google or hit YouTube for a Python demonstration. You need it. Another night shift approaches, I will check on you tomorrow. You may talk with DRACO this evening, he is across the world in another time zone. You are in excellent hands with him as well.


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