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  1. Green or brown film grows inside of tubing in canister filters. Here is a way to clean them and leave them as new. You will need bleach, 1 bucket, and a spare power filter. (1) Take out the media from your filter. Clean the media and place part of it in the power filter and the rest in a corner of your aquarium. (2) Place a bucket with clean water high on a piece of furniture (table, chest of drawers, etc) and place the inlet and outlet tubings of your filter in the bucket. (3) Purge the filter and turn it on. Let the clean water flow through your filter. Add more water to the bucket if necessary. (4) Add one cup of bleach. If doing this indoors you must cover the bucket with plastic wrap. I use Glad Press'n Seal to seal it perfectly and avoid chlorine odor in my apartment. (5) Let the filter run for 48 hours. (6) Discard the water and refill with clean water and add plenty dechlorinator. Run the filter for 6 hours and discard the water. (7) Put media back into the filter and install the filter in your tank again. I hope you find this helpful. It has worked great for me.
  2. Hi everybody! This is a quick tip that may help all of you that use magnetic algae scrapers... the magnet on the outside of these cleaners has a smooth velvety surface that moves freely on the glass. Problem: with time, the velvety surface slides out of the magnet leaving streaks of adhesive on the glass and making the cleaning task harder. Solution: put the outside magnet inside a microfiber bag (for storing eye glasses). The magnet will glide easier on the glass! This will make your cleaning easier and extend the life of your algae scraper. I hope you find this tip useful!
  3. The importance of using a hospital/quarantine tank has been discussed many times in this forum. However, many of us don't have the space or cannot afford having an extra tank. Since the hospital tank needs to be cycled by the time it receives new or sick fish, many of us have it operating with a couple of hardy non-demanding fish. Suddenly the hospital tank turns into a tropical fish tank and we are left without a proper hospital tank. The solution I found to this problem is very simple an relatively inexpensive. I have an extra power filter running in my goldfish tank. I keep my old 10g aquarium and hood in a closet. Whenever I get new fish or one of my old buddies gets sick, I take out the 10g tank out of the closet and fill it with water from the aquarium where the sick fish is. I then remove the extra filter from the goldfish aquarium and place it on the 10g. The hospital tank is ready to use! After the treatment I drain the tank, disinfect it with 70% ethanol, and store it again. I also disinfect the power filter and throw away the media. Finally, I put new media in the filter and place it in the goldfish tank again. I hope this may be helpful to some of you.
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