filter change 10 Gallon Tank

  1. Nanci Pattenden

    Nanci Pattenden Member Member

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    Hi:

    I have a 10 gal and the filter is green on the top. I know you need the bacteria in the filter and aren't supposed to wash or just plunk in a new one. Is this green harmful? Could I get a new filter and just drop it in the tank for awhile, then change out the old one?

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  2. Coradee

    Coradee Moderator Moderator Member

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    Is it just on the outside? it sounds like an algae build up next time you do your tank maintenance just clean it off
     


  3. ppate1977

    ppate1977 Well Known Member Member

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    Sounds like algae or waste. Just rinse it in dirty tank water. I've had the same filter media for 4-5 years.
     
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    Nanci Pattenden

    Nanci Pattenden Member Member

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    Thanks. It does seem to just be on the top. Will give it a good swish next change. Will also take the entire thing out and get rid of the eggs that seem to be in it. :) Those danios are laying constantly.
     
  5. sliderdkp

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    Wow! I was thinking of changing my filter media, but if you have had the same for 4 years, do I need to?
     
  6. ppate1977

    ppate1977 Well Known Member Member

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    Depends, I use very sturdy mesh bags and filter floss as well as sponges and the cylindrical bio pieces. I would only replace something if it was damaged or disintegrating... But that's just me. I have many friends that do the same.

    If you use carbon or similar products, that does need cut out, thrown out, or changed.