What frequency do you change Jewel filters?

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Postby andrewcollier » 2007-08-19 20:09

Could you good folk say if they follow Jewel's recommended time intervals for replacing their filters? I know the fine/*** blue sponges can be squeezed out, but the nitrate and carbon sponges suggest replacement and while not wanting to be too penny pinching I feel it may be biased to their potential profits! Also the top filter wool, I have just washed it in running water, and I cannot see much difference than replacing a new one.
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-08-19 21:16

How big is your tank and how many of which species of what size do you keep?

I'm afraid I'm having trouble finding out about the Jewel "Nitrite Removal Sponge" as even Jewel themselves don't seem to give much information about it.

As for the carbon sponge, that will depend on your stocking levels... the best way to determine when you need to replace it is to record the tank's nitrate levels over a period of time and watch for spikes. These should occur a certain amount of time after you replace the carbon sponges (eg. 4 weeks). After a few times, you should be able to predict when they will need replacing and it would be best to replace them a few days before they are used up. Please note that as you stock the tank more/feed the fish more, you will need to replace them more often.

Theoretically, if your tanks are well planted, you will not need either sponge: this is why I do not use them myself most of the time.

Can you please let me know exactly how and when you clean your filter sponges?
Sponges should never be washed under tap water as that would kill off all the beneficial bacteria that keep your tank cycled. For the same reason, it is advisable that when sponges are replaces, it is done one at a time with 4-6 weeks in between each replacement.
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Postby andrewcollier » 2007-08-20 07:35

They are jumbo filters and my tank is 400 litres. I have washed the *** and one fine blue sponge in the waste water, but I have washed the filter wool in running tap water as I considered it a mechanical aid not holding bacteria and the tap water left in it would soon dissipate. Should the carbon and nitrate sponges be squeezed out in waste water as well as the blue ones?

My tank diary shows my set up started 23rd June with weekly water checks which stabilized 6th July with ammonia readings between 0 - 0.1 until now with 10% - 15% water changes. An exception was 3rd Aug being 0.3 when I did a 25% water change.

Last Friday (18th) I did a 15% water change, but on Saturday noticed what I assumed was Ich so I did a further 30% water change followed by an application of Rid-Ich. (I wonder now if this was excessive.)

Many thanks for your help. This is a steep learning curve for me.
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Postby andrewcollier » 2007-08-20 07:50

One other thing...... The instructions on the Rid-Ich were to remove the carbon filter before application which I have done, but the powered water jet does not work having removed it, so I have provided an additonal one temporarily. The instructions say I should repeat the treatment after 24 hours, but with another 25% - 30% water change??
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Postby sharkdude » 2007-08-20 07:56

hey, as a rule of thumb activated carbon is removed from the filter and replaced every three to four months but I dont use it my self this is only what others have told me, I use teh same methos as kat, plants.


As for ich (or whitespot) it would be easier to raise the temp to about 29-30C over time it will kill the bacteria, or white spot treatment would be even better, I would recomend kingfisher's brand.
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Postby KittyKat » 2007-08-22 11:39

sharkdude wrote: As for ich (or whitespot) it would be easier to raise the temp to about 29-30C over time it will kill the bacteria, or white spot treatment would be even better, I would recomend kingfisher's brand.

Higher temperature will speed up the lifecycle of the bacteria responsible for the whitespot, which will mean that it would take less time to treat it. Some fish do not react well to some of the ingredients (especially scale-less fish such as clown loaches, knife fish). Depending on what you've got in the tank, you can also add marine/sea salt as a treatment. Do NOT use table salt though! as it is different from sea salt and very commonly has additives that are not fish-friendly.


As for the sponges, I would advise that you wash all of them in old tank water as that would lead to the most effective "biological" filtration. If you wish to continue in cleaning some of the sponges under tap water, then if you want to be on the safe side, you can rinse them once in the tank itself before putting them back into the filter.
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Postby andrewcollier » 2007-08-22 12:15

Thank you
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Re: What frequency do you change Jewel filters?

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Re: What frequency do you change Jewel filters?

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