Tank (55gal)almost ready for my 2.5 inch oscar :D hes maybe 3 idk

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Tank (55gal)almost ready for my 2.5 inch oscar :D hes maybe 3 idk

One of the things that happens when you jump into the hobby unprepared. Strapping young lad such as yerself, no probs... heave that water, boy!!


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Rocksor replied the topic: Re:Tank (55gal)almost ready for my 2.5 inch oscar :D hes maybe 3 idk

Lift with your knees. The last thing you want to do is get a back injury at that young age.
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Gaarakilla19 replied the topic: Re:Tank (55gal)almost ready for my 2.5 inch oscar :D hes maybe 3 idk

haha okay id do it every 3 days id do a waterchange but with buckets damn , can i just do a 25% wc? if not i could possibly do 50% wc but id have to temp out all the water in my 5 gal bucket n it may get cold by then :S cause thats 17 gallons for a 25% and about 27 gallons for a 50 can my fish live that long without the filter in the 55 gal? while i change water?
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jmunroe replied the topic: Re:Tank (55gal)almost ready for my 2.5 inch oscar :D hes maybe 3 idk

Leave your filters running while changing the water. Drain 50% of the water out, add the conditioner to neutralize chlorine or chloramine for the entire tank volume(55 gallons) then add your new water to fill the tank back up. Take the new water right from the tap into your bucket using hot and cold water to temp match as close as possible within a few degrees and pour right in the tank. Fill the bucket again with hot and cold from the tap to temp match and pour that right in the tank. Repeat this as many times as required to refill the tank.

Go do a water change - the solution to pollution is dilution.
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Gaarakilla19 replied the topic: Re:Tank (55gal)almost ready for my 2.5 inch oscar :D hes maybe 3 idk

okay
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Suprd71 replied the topic: Re:Tank (55gal)almost ready for my 2.5 inch oscar :D hes maybe 3 idk

just to clarify.. leave your filters running only if they are still drawing water. Should a large water change take your tank level below your intakes, shut them off. Dont run filters dry. Shutting off for the 15ish minutes it will take you to refill will cause no harm to anything. And when refilling with filters running, try to keep the new tap water as far away from the intakes as possible, whether it be by bucket for now or with the python later.


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robham7770 replied the topic: Re:Tank (55gal)almost ready for my 2.5 inch oscar :D hes maybe 3 idk

Most importantly, unplug your heater while doing water changes. I had one melt the suction cups and break when it hit the bottom of the tank, and also had one blister my fingers when I thought it was off.
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Gaarakilla19 replied the topic: Re:Tank (55gal)almost ready for my 2.5 inch oscar :D hes maybe 3 idk

alrighty thanks and when i use the scrubbies do i have to flip em at all? and the bacteria grows on all the filter, the inside and the bio media right? or just bio media? cause if i end up getting a new filter but keeping that one thats cycling will it still have bacteria if i change the bio media befor its done cycling? cause i plan on buyin 3 bags or so of bio media for my filter n the aquaclear 110 im plannin to get
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Goranothos replied the topic: Tank (55gal)almost ready for my 2.5 inch oscar :D hes maybe 3 idk

The bacteria grow on everything in the filter. "Bio media" is just objects with a large surface area relative to the amount of space it takes up in the filter compartment. More surface area = more places for the bacteria to stick to. The bacteria don't know the difference between bio media and mechanical media. Coarse foam is an example of typical filter material that is often used for both mechanical and biological filtration. Pillow floss (filter floss) is a media that is almost all mechanical, because it gets dirty so fast that it has to be changed too often to be a good biological media.

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Big-Ken replied the topic: Re:Re: Tank (55gal)almost ready for my 2.5 inch oscar :D hes maybe 3 idk

90% of your benificial bacteria live in your filter media, if you get rid of the media you get rid of your cycle
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