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katie88
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biological filter aids?
« on: May 15, 2010, 01:35:07 PM »

hey guys.

hope everyone is well.

just thought i'd ask a random question. while i was out and about today i went into my local aquatics place as saw some biological filter aid. basically the back of the bottle said it would help break down waste etc does anyone alrwady use this or have you tried it? i was thinking of getting some but wanted to see what you all thought?  any one had decent results or any bad problems??

katie
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Re: biological filter aids?
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2010, 05:21:15 PM »

Biological filter aid, I would imagine is a beneficial bacteria that helps to jumpstart the nitrate cycling.
What is the name of this product?  I use something called Stresszyme by API.  I only use it the first couple of months a new tank is cycling to help quicken the tank cycling and avoid "new tank syndrome" problems or any time I have to remove a large amount of water from a tank because of parameters, (ammonia, nitrite) showing up in regular testing.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2010, 01:59:23 AM »

I have some kind of bio-filter booster myself, but now I ran out of it, and for some funny reason they don't have it anymore in the pet shop. But both of my tanks are cycled and ready, so I won't buy any more until I'll start preparing my new one Wink
And yes, it's usually working pretty well for me, so you could always try it out! (:
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2010, 02:17:03 AM »

I used API Stresszyme a few times after we installed the undergravel filter and the water started to turn a little cloudy.
So I quickly added the Stresszyme. It helps
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katie88
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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2010, 08:05:13 AM »

ahh thanks guys. reason im asking is that i recently upgraded my tank to a 30gallon. but it just seems to be taking ages to clear, water looks like a cloud i cant see from one end of the tank to the other. never had this problem with my smaller tank so just wondered if there was anything i could do. i cant remember the name of the product but i'll look out for the ones mentioned here.  how long do you recon a tank takes to clear?

thanks for the answers Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2010, 12:43:30 PM »

Did you clean your new gravel well? Usually a lot of tiny dusty particles are left there and it can take days for that to clear up with the filter running!
But I guess it'd help already just doing regular small waterchanges, if it's such a new tank you should also keep an eye on the ammonia and the like Wink
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Re: biological filter aids?
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2010, 07:34:45 AM »

It works and I use it in my goldfish tank... Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2010, 12:16:17 PM »

hey all,

yea nossie, i cleaned it 4-5 times before i actually put it in. its clearing up slowly but look terrible compared to my other tank which is just crystal!!!

im also considering using a undergravel filter as with such a large tank (and chubby fish) i have a feeling its going to be a tad more messy than my other one haha good job i love my fish
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« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2010, 03:28:36 PM »

Actually, an undergravel filter is not to recommend... It's meant to create a suction in the tank that will draw the dirt and debris into the gravel, meaning that you'll have to clean it extra well. This filter will, btw, not deal with the waste in any way, it simply draws the bigger pieces of dirt down and lets it decay in your tank. It also disturbs the plants when pulling the water down through the roots, so if you keep live plants, that's another reason not to get this filter. It would be more suitable for a smaller tank where any other filter may not fit. It could also work as a secondary filter, if you have an internal power filter or similar as a primary one. Otherwise, I think you should really choose some other method of filtration Wink
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« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2010, 12:51:06 AM »

So to the people who use, do you just use it when setting up a new tank? Or do you put it in everytime you do your weekly/fornightly small water changes?
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2010, 02:08:13 AM »

I used to add it with every water change C:
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« Reply #11 on: May 19, 2010, 11:42:00 AM »

Katie,
The reason your tank is cloudy is because all that new benficial bacteria is floating around and trying to find a home in your tank.  Smiley  In other words your tank is still going throught the nitrogen cycle.  Try not to change out too much water or too often.  It is best to leave your tank undisturbed for a month except if ammonia or nitrites peak.  Then do a 10% water change every day or every other day.  It probably will be cloudy for a month or two until your tank finishes cycling.
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« Reply #12 on: May 22, 2010, 07:32:57 AM »

hey guys sorry iv not updated for a few days. my tank is so clean, looks like there is no water in it at all!!! im going to put some pics of for you all to see Cheesy


ok the names of my rather lovely fish are : the large orange is called pieter, the pale calico is called katie, the large orange calico is called shellby, the red and white is called bob, the small orange and balck is called trouble and the small blue is called smudge lol
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« Reply #13 on: May 22, 2010, 10:58:17 AM »

Beautiful tank and Orandas!!  My favorites!  Smiley
I've been looking for a calico oranda for a long time now.
You are so lucky! Grin
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« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2010, 11:32:11 AM »

hey midemae Smiley

yea orandas are my fave too (not that im saying other fancys arn't great before anyone gets upset haha) the pic is a bit blury but everytime i try and get a decent photo they get all excited and wont stay still haha love the fact that you have a "bob" fish too Cheesy
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« Reply #15 on: May 22, 2010, 02:20:15 PM »

So beautiful! I love your setup! Cheesy I've got my eyes on a couple of orandas for my bigger tank that I'll have ready soon too (: I never thought I'd ever be interested in having any, but they're just adorable and beautiful in person Wink Irresistible all the way Wink
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« Reply #16 on: May 22, 2010, 02:54:56 PM »

hey nossie Cheesy

i know they just have the sweetest faces!!!! they have the sweetest personalities too!
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« Reply #17 on: May 22, 2010, 03:20:21 PM »

Hello! Cheesy

And such beautiful fins and bodies~
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« Reply #18 on: May 23, 2010, 02:45:05 AM »

Hi Katie88

your tank is so beautiful with all them sweet and cute fishies in there. They just are adorable.
Enjoy your little mates.
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« Reply #19 on: May 23, 2010, 04:46:36 AM »

hey hanna Cheesy

thanks for the comment Cheesy my brood just keeps growing, i only started with 2 haha
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« Reply #20 on: May 23, 2010, 05:34:19 AM »

No worries, Katie88,  Cheesy

eventually we will have more than 2, but at the moment we keep our 2 ones and they just are so lovable, especially when they are doing their wiggle-dance, lol Grin
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