Those are scallop shells. We had some scallops at a Japanese restaurant, they were grilled on the half shell. I took them home and soaked them in dawn soap to get the grease and oil off. They're just outside decorations.What are those things that look like snails in the front of your aquarium.
The stand for the 29g is from Walmart, cost $39.99What stands do you use? Are they cheap?
What are you removing with the Activated carbon? Medications or just the smell? Usually the directions say one month but if it's just the smell you could go longer than that. Imo the carbon is unesesary if you don't use it to remove medications. I think it would make more sense if you used zeolite.Secondly, at what point will my activated charcoal become useless? It is a 1" layer in the filter.
Nah, they include carbon because it is expendable and ceramic ring and sponges are not. I would rremove the carbon and add more biomedia. I do have carbon in my tankrright now in a mesh bag to remove some traces of medication because usaly I do 80% water changes. I think safe and prime only detoxifie nitrates for 24 or 48 hoursThat's interesting to know, I assumed it was essential part of the filter as I have it included in both my external and tray filters, sponge carbon and ceramic tubes and I'm changing mine about every 2 months.
Water changes I do twice a week, 10 litres in my 60 litre fry tank so 1/3 capacity and 30 litres in my 200 litre communal tank so again it's around 1/3. I find it's more important to keep the filter clean than the water change but it's leave of mind as the seachem safe in the water detoxifies any unexpected water parameter issues I've missed. Both tanks are reading low or zero ammonia nitrite nitrates though.
1. 20% daily for 6 days is about equivelant to a 60% water change. then you're also doing a 40% weekly water change. so you're good.Ok,
Cleaning routine. I vacuum both the tank's every morning after the morning feed. This removes circa 20% by volume which is replaced with temperature adjusted water with a conditioner. Our tap water has a pH of 7.2. Once a week I do roughly a 40% change.
Secondly, at what point will my activated charcoal become useless? It is a 1" layer in the filter.