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    I just picked up six dwarf neon rainbows (Melanotaenia praecox). Any other rainbowfish enthusiats? They barely seem interested in Tetra Pro flake food. Any suggestions?
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    Joe,
    When I had my tank set up I had several of them. I really need a bigger house so I can have some fish again.
    Mine ate flake food no problem. Give them a day or so to get used to the new surroundings and they will be eating.

    Here is a page I made on them:
    http://www.geocities.com/elgecko1989/rainbow.html


    My Grow List Updated 8/24/17

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    Thanks Steve. I'll be patient with the feeding. Your page was helpful.
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    One of the rainbows died. I realized that the filter was clogged and since today's Turkey day, LFS is closed. So, I did a small water change and made a makeshift filter. I used the housing from the Whisper filter and removed the old filter and charcoal. I realized I had a small mesh bag of charcoal in my car. I found some Web electrostatic vent filters and clipped it onto the old frame with the charcoal in between. Fingers crossed till I can replace it.



    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    Why are you using charcoal?

    Swiffers make great filterpads, too

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    Why not use activated charcoal. Isn't it commonly used in filters? I know they won't trap nitrates but they do absorb some impurities, right?
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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    If you grow plants, they absorb the micro (and maybe even macro) elements and that's baaad. After 2 weeks it's basically used up and becomes bio media. If you leave it in there for a long time, IIRC, it can leach back all the crap it absorbed initially.

    A better choice would be Purigen. It's what I use. I LOVE this stuff! It doesn't absorb inorganic stuff, and only absorbs dissolved organic compounds. AND it's re-chargeable. It absorbs DOC's before they break down and create ammonia. It absorbes any oils and crap in your water (even your skin gives off oils) and makes your water super crystal clear.

    Carbon is only good for removing medications and tannins.

    I did a quick search and you might be interested in these:



    Do you guys use carbon in your fishtanks?

    Discovered a very cool product for water polishing.

    Purigen

    Purigen Opinions

    Good reads.

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    Thanks so much Clint! I guess I could just add this to the filter bags that come with the whisper filter rather than the charcoal.
    My chicken legs taste like chicken--only less meaty.

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