Hey everyone, it's me!
Haven't been on in such a long time due to many unfortunate events.
I have lost my cat Rusty, my dearest friend, due to a horrible kidney problem...and it has been devastating. He was only 8 and I didn't want him to suffer, so the decision was made to put him down. I have learned that much with keeping fish. When they are in pain and the condition is only getting worse, you have to make one of the toughest choices ever.
Very, very hard.
I lost most of my fish due to a parameter crash resulting in an outbreak of internal bacterial infections. I am down to three fish: my pearlscale, Marble (who has the tank all to himself), Sterling (silver oranda) and Carnelian (red oranda).
On the bright side, I was thrift-store shopping with my sis and she spotted something in the corner of the store (how did I miss it?! I'm the fish person
) and it was a 20 gallon tank! Had to tangle with a man who wanted it desperately after I claimed it (he tried to convince me I was getting a bad deal because "you should only pay a dollar per gallon," funny thing is it was 20 dollars)
The tank came with gravel, plant decor, a sticker thermometer, an undergravel filter (unusable), a python siphon (oh, can someone PLEASE tell me how to work this thing?!
) and an aqua tech 120 gph filter (fortunately, that works.) I also have a heater (to keep the temp regulated) and a cycled sponge filter in there. I have had the tank for 3 weeks now.
My question is really about the aqua tech filter. I've heard many people say that such a filter is a piece of junk, but so far I really like it (probably won't be saying that when it breaks down
). For those of you that have one, you know that it has the carbon cartridge that is supposed to be replaced every 2-4 weeks and has some non-replaceable biological "netting" that helps provide a home for the good bacteria. I don't really want to fool with replacing the cartridge. Is there a way that I can reconstruct the whole thing to make it more of a biological filter instead of a carbon one? Right now I have the old cartridge in there (who knows if it's working or not...and can it harm my fish by being in there without being replaced on a regular basis?). I was thinking that perhaps I could get a bit of sponge and rig it in there instead of the carbon, but what do I know.
Anywho, thanks all for any help/comments/advice.