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  1. Same here.....I use extensions on all of mine. I'm a staunch supporter of Hagen AquaClear filters. Aqueon filters work well but don't even come close to an AquaClear. Try getting an extension or two to bring the filter stem closer to the bottom of your tank and I think you'll see a big difference! :thumb:

  2. Fang, I don't know what the actual cause of this is. I've found a few scarce articles in the past concerning this problem and from what the general opinion was is that this is an uncommon genetic issue. I'm responding to this as Jet, one of my older Black Moors, had the same problem where one telescope eye shrunk to a common type of eye where the other stayed telescopic. The fish itself was healthy in every other way except for the eye problem. I wish I could offer more on a probable cause.

  3. Dang :yikes

    Whatcha got in them? if you dont mind me asking. :)

    Who me? LOL

    OK Koko, here we go and this works perfect for me to maintain pristine water:

    Bottom= AquaClear Sponge

    Middle= Floss

    Top= Bio Max Rings

    Knowing that you use floss as do I, just wanted to mention a few things. I keep the floss in the middle with the Bio Max rings on top simply to weigh down the floss. I've been guilty of trying to stuff too much floss into the AC's which actually will cause improper filtration. After experimenting a few times with it you'll find the right amount of floss to add. I replace my filter floss usually once a month with tank water rinses in between. I also use just enough floss as to keep my Bio Max rings under water at all times to promote a higher amount of BB. One other thing I noticed....packing it too full with floss will also slow the water current and cause the internal water level to rise dangerously close to the edge of the filter which could result in a disastrous overflow. I keep all of my AC's angled higher at the rear to keep the internal water level at a safe height. Hope that helps. :ehh

  4. A good rule of thumb is to feed them small meals 2-3 times a day. I feed mine enough at one feeding where they'll clean up everything within a 1-2 minute period. Anything over that and you're overfeeding them. Stay with them as they feed and watch how much they'll clean up in a 1-2 minute time frame. Remember that it's always best to underfeed than overfeed. Cold blooded mammals don't need as much food to sustain as warm blooded mammals do. Overfeeding will lead to digestive and swim bladder issues as well as contribute to excessive waste which will lead to water fouling. Keep them hungry....it's not going to hurt them at all. :thumb:

  5. I haven't had to replace any of my filter media in almost a year, except the filter floss lol. The rest I just give a good rinsing, and they've been fine. I'll replace them when they start to fall apart, which won't be anytime soon :)

    Yep floss is a different matter altogether, more for removing big particles than anything. You could never rinse that stuff clean when it gets really dirty!

    Agreed Chrissy. I rinse and reuse my floss a few times until it really becomes dirty and clumped to the point where it can't be rinsed clean. As for my AquaClear media I also do as the gang suggests. Media blocks rinsed and reused until they disintegrate. Bio-max used until it begins to break down which could be years. An occasional good rinse in tank water to remove any accumulated sludge is recommended. :thumb:

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