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Cheyennemm

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i am currently doing an fish in cycle with a goldfish and it has already been a month. The filter says it needs replaced every four weeks, won’t that mess my cycle up? The filter in it right now is really super dirty but I feel like replacing it would mess up the cycle
 

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Replacing the filter pad will mess up your cycle, especially if your filter does not contain any biomedia. During a water change, you can clean the filter pad in the old tank water you siphon out. Depending on how much space you have in your filter, I would suggest shoving some biomedia ceramic or rings in a mesh bag and into your filter.
 

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What Chris says above ... if you have a cartridge type filter you need to wean yourself off it and go to some truly reusable media.
 
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What is a cartridge type filter? The one I have came with the tank and it has a little removable white thing in it that it says to replace monthly
 
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Sorry I literally know nothing about fish tanks and fish
 

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That’s your filter. You won’t want to remove it. That is what will hold your bacteria, which is the life support system.

Don’t replace them. Keep them in the filter.
 

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I have a 10 gallon that came with a Marina Slim filter, which is one that uses thin cartridges that the manufacturer suggests to replace every two weeks! I ended up not even opening the cartridges and used extra media I had on hand for my Aquaclear. I had to cut the sponge to make it fit in the Marina Slim, but it fits perfectly now and I used a bag of biomax (any biomedia will do like ceramic rings or seachem matrix). This way, I only I have to replace the sponge if it’s falling apart and in the meantime just rinse in tank water in a bucket. The sponge in my Aquaclear I’ve had for 7 months and still does not need replaced. The biomedia I don’t think I’ll need to replace almost ever (unless the pores get too clogged up), I also just rinse that in a bucket with tank water. When it comes time, just don’t replace all your media at once.
 
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