Something’s Wrong Help

  1. Anna94

    Anna94 Valued Member Member

    Shouldn’t my sponge be a lot dirtier/grosser than this? The filter’s been running for 5 months, but the biomedia is from an old filter that ran for a year and a half. The tank is a 29 tall and I currently have 14 fish. IMG_8861.JPG IMG_8862.JPG
     
  2. Goldiemom

    Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    Wow! What type of fish do you have and what type of filter? I just cleaned my sponge and it was dirtier than that after cleaning. However, my tank has goldfish which are water piggies.
     
  3. M

    Madeline Peterson New Member Member

    Don't worry about it. How dirty your sponge gets varies depending on a number of factors, and has no bearing on how healthy your tank is.
     


  4. GuppyDazzle

    GuppyDazzle Valued Member Member

    The important bacteria are not visible.

    You must have a super clean tank.
     
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    Anna94

    Anna94 Valued Member Member

    I have cardinal tetras, lemon tetras, rasboras, and otos
     
  6. Goldiemom

    Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    Well, they do have small bio loads. If the water is clear and clean it must be doing its job.
     
  7. Mom2some

    Mom2some Well Known Member Member

    Wow - mine is way dirtier than that, even after I wash it. I assume it is wet & water is flowing through it? Do you have a pre-filter sponge on?
     
  8. OP
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    Anna94

    Anna94 Valued Member Member

    No, but I do have a sponge filter as well being powered by a powerhead and it isn’t grody either.
     
  9. Anne79

    Anne79 New Member Member

    wish mine would be as clean ... its gross me a bit when i rinse it in the dirty water after maintenance.. mine is totally brown compare to yours... :)