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Old 08-28-2011, 06:17 PM   #1
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Transferring filter to planted tank


I have a xp2 I just fixed from my cichlid tank. I'm using it in my planted 30 gallon. Or want to. Anyways my intake and out take have black? Colored algae growth on it. That tank was low low light and don't want the algae to possibly spread to my beautiful medium light planted tank where it could potentially do damage.

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Old 08-28-2011, 06:34 PM   #2
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Have any Flourish Excel? I would mist it with some and place them in water, within a few hours or next day, they should be very white and dead; just scrape them off with a brush or something.

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Old 08-28-2011, 08:44 PM   #3
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Do u think it is potentially dangerous? And I do have flourish excel. I'll do it.
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Regardless of whether it's dangerous, there is no better time than when you already have equipment out of the tank to give it a proper cleaning.

Save the Excel, IMO. It's expensive. Just soak it in water with a little bleach for a few minutes. Then scrub the outside with a sponge. Use a bottle brush on the insides if you have one (if not, consider getting one). Rinse well.

Plastic isn't porous, so it doesn't retain much bleach. Adding a little dechlorinator to your tank before installation will quickly mop up any remaining trace.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:32 AM   #5
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Awesome. Def bleached and scrubbed. My second question. I have an xp2 like i said befor. But it has a carbon bag it is 6 months old but should I leave the carbon or remove it? I do dose flourish excel and potassium sulfate. I have heard that carbon removes some nutrients I this true? How bad is it?
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It may or may not remove nutrients when new. Probably nothing to worry about.

But at six months old, it doesn't remove anything at all. If you leave it in, it just provides an extra place for biofilter bacteria to grow.
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