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Old 03-02-2004, 03:47 PM   #31
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why does everything "right" have to be so damn hard, though?!?!
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Old 03-02-2004, 04:03 PM   #32
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it's really a tale of unfortunate incidences that led to an extreme imbalance of fertilizers and CO2.
Do you want to talk about it? 8)
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Old 03-02-2004, 05:26 PM   #33
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i donno ... how comfy's your couch there, doc?? it probably would not do me much good but ... part of it is here ... the rest of it involves the co2 regulator going tits up.

anyhow ... you previously mentioned keeping the filter clean ... should i be cleaning that weekly? it's an eheim 2026.
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Old 03-02-2004, 05:50 PM   #34
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Hope you got your test kit woes resolved...

Filter maintenance really depends on your situation, I guess reduced flow would be a good indicator that it is time to clean. I used to clean my xp3 weekly, until I got tired of it, and bought a second one. Now I clean them monthly.

If there is a lot of poop in it when cleaning weekly, it is probably not sufficient for the tank... or the inlet strainer is placed too low... dunno. If it plugs up quicker due to green water, I guess cleaning it more often until things clear up would be good.
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Old 03-02-2004, 07:00 PM   #35
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I respect you desire to know the root cause of the problem.. I too would like to know a lot more about what is going on in my aquarium...
I guess only time and a LOT of reading will get me there..
Oh and 500$ worth of test kits lol.
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Old 03-04-2004, 01:46 PM   #36
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day 4 of "let it run it's course" methodology and i see no change ... i'm getting impatient.

for those of you who have experienced this and used this methodology, how long till you started to see improvement?
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You should see things improving after 6 to 8 days (4 more days!!!), and 2 more days to clear it back up to full beauty. I know it seems like forever
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all righty then ... wait some more i will.
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Old 03-05-2004, 10:27 AM   #39
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Water your houseplants with that nice green water they will love it.
May as well get something positive out of it.
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Water your houseplants with that nice green water they will love it.
May as well get something positive out of it.
But... remember... no waterchanges... that's the trick
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Old 04-14-2004, 11:10 PM   #41
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I have read recently that cleaning all of your filters at once reduces the beneficial bacteria that are helping keep the tank in balance. It was suggested that one clean one of 2 filters at a time, and stagger them, so that one can remain seeded and help get the newly added water back up to par. This seemed particularly reasonable if one was making a large water change, i.e., 30% or 50% at a time.

Any thoughts on this issue?

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Old 04-15-2004, 09:18 AM   #42
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I think unless you have some other method of quickly replenishing the beneficial bateria, this is true.
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