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  1. Just reviving this old thread b/c I had some bad luck and news recently =( So I was using the floss and biomax rings for a while, but I felt like it wasn't doing a good job. I would occassionally put in another marineland cartridge in lieu of the floss, but kept the biomax in there. I had this set up for a few months and it seemed like it worked OK. However, my fish got sick very quickly and suddenly and have now passed... T_T From my past readings online, I thought that the marineland floss plus biomax would be a good combination. Maybe I didn't do it right, I could not fit a lot of biomax in the marineland DIY cartridges (maybe only about 12-14 rings per cartridge (so x2). I've heard of people keeping the setup for months at a time, but to be honest, it didn't seem like it was doing as good a job as before. Can someone describe to me how they are using these products successfully? Thanks
  2. Just FYI: Blue lights make it harder for one to fall asleep. Not recommended for night use. This DIY video is awesome, and I think I will do this when I'm ready!
  3. Hello all, I have a 29gal tank w/ 2 fancy, 1 dojo loach. (Filtered w/ Marineland 350) My larger fancy goldfish is the one in question. Recently he started hanging out at the top (kinda tail up), very lethargic looking. Even now when I'm looking at him swim around, sometimes his tail-half of his body starts to drift up a little when he's not actively moving. It almost looks like he's being pulled up by the meat of his tail. A second issue I noticed, is that on his left eye, I've noticed an opacity that wasn't there. I used to be able to see right clear into his eyeball, but now there's an obvious opaque spot. Are these related? What else should I be looking for? Other info: I've had all 3 fish together for over 3 years now. Temperature has been fairly stable since I started using a 100w heater (on lowest setting), as well as keeping the room temp no lower than 60F. I've been doing that for almost 6 months now, and hadn't had any problems previously. I haven't been doing a great job of changing water, but I have been changing the filters more often. (I know it's no substitute for water changes) I recently started adding some fluval charcoal/ammonia remover packets to my filter just to give it the occasional bump. Soon, I will be switching to the Marineland cartridges with biomax, and a layer of Marineland filter floss in front of it. I do not have current readings on nitrogen, but I think it's well controlled now that I've been back to changing water regularly. Thanks for reading!
  4. So from earlier, what I gather is that LED lights are OK as long as I'm not expecting to grow plants. Right? And the marineland is one of the more popular ones.
  5. Just for viewing fish. Only fake plants in there right now. I've read that fish don't sunlight... is that really true? Or another question, can sunlight (or the wavelengths that are given through sunlight) affect the colors of goldfish? I have a goldfish that used to be red/orange/white, but has turned completely white. They are about 4 years old. In the same tank, I have another calico looking gold fish, that's about the same age, that's also starting to show less color and more white. Will adding a broad spectrum light affect color?
  6. Hello! I have an Aqueon 29 gallon bow-front fish tank and the stock light that came with the tank seems to not be working anymore, even after I installed a new tube. I'm interested in getting a new light (LED perhaps?) and would appreciate any suggestions and/or advice on where to look to find suitable lights for my particular tank. If there's a thread that someone knows that has information about lights, I would also appreciate someone tagging it here. =) Thanks!
  7. Not an expert by any means... but I've heard of people just using AC110 HOB filters for large tanks like yours. Maybe they will also be quiet enough to your liking? Also, since the water falls onto the surface, it may not create as much turbulence for your fish. Just a thought!
  8. What about Matrix, by Seachem? Has anyone used that? It seems to have favorable reviews, even to biomax. And it looks like it would also fit in those cartridges as well.
  9. Thanks for both your replies. I've heard good things about the biomax rings. I'm just wondering if those are necessary since marinelands already have the biowheel? Aren't they supposed to do the same thing? Harbor the good bacteria? And when you say your place the rings/balls in the gray filter cartridge, is that cartridge really wide enough to fit those things inside?
  10. Hey all, I'm finally going to make the leap to STOP using filter cartridges on my marineland 350! A waste of money and much more trash. I got inspired because I saw some Fluval C3 pouches on clearance. Basically they're just little pouches with carbon and the white stuff that removes ammonia in them. I figure this is a step in the right direction towards making my own filter mediums. Anyway, I bought some marineland (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0002565PW/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1) and I'm planning on cutting it up and wrapping it around the pouches to place into the slots where the cartridges normally go. Has anyone tried this before? I'm wondering if it will hold where it's supposed to hold even if there isn't the rigid thing to hold everything in place. Another concern is whether or not the water will properly flow through my medium, and not just flow over it. Tips? Also, I ran into these on amazon (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0009YHSE8/ref=ox_sc_sfl_title_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER), and this looks like marineland's own way of helping people get away from the single use cartridges. Has anyone used them before? Is it necessary? Does anyone else have genius ideas they'd like to share? Thanks!
  11. Awesome, from beginning to end! This whole thread has been a great journey to see your art progress over time. I actually like that there's a little less now than before. Though the underground garden you had before looked great as well. Look forward to seeing the tank continue to change!
  12. Thank you guys for all your responses. I watched your videos ChelseaM, and they were really helpful! I will definitely look into doing my own filter stuffing in the future =)
  13. I thought this as well. Yup, that's what I was asking. I appreciate all the other answers though. I will probably look into changing up my filter technique in the future, but for now the cartridges kinda make it easy for me. Can you guys point me to some threads that talk about using alternative media inside your filters? I have a marineland Penguin 150 right now, going to switch to a Penguin 350 soon. As long as I keep those wheels there, I should keep my good bacteria right?
  14. Hey guys, I have a couple marineland HOB filters and I was wondering if you guys knew if the filter cartridges ever "expire" when not in use. I'm asking b/c I'm thinking about stocking up on a bunch when they're on sale so I don't have to worry about running out for a while. I would imagine that they don't, but does the carbon "go bad/get used up" or anything? Thanks!
  15. What do you feed them?? They are beautiful!
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