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Reddit mentions of Aquaclear A1370A1 20-Gallon Biomax,White

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Filter media designed for the AquaClear 20 Power FilterReduces ammonia and nitrate levelsIncreases beneficial bacteriaComposed of 85 percent Micro-Tunnels and 15 percent Micro-Cavities

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Found 5 comments on Aquaclear A1370A1 20-Gallon Biomax,White:

u/Dd7990 · 7 pointsr/bettafish

5g would be better if possible, I highly recommend TopFin 5.5g kit: https://www.petsmart.com/fish/starter-kits/top-fin-essentials-aquarium-starter-kit-5262256.html

Just take a look at my happy bois in their own 5.5g tanks (SO MUCH MORE LIVELY, and to think I had them in the same 3.5g starter tanks before :( I wish I switched sooner):

https://i.imgur.com/x7VLj4l.mp4 AND https://i.imgur.com/ty9t3RJ.mp4

The included TopFin HoB filter can easily and cheaply be modified (although I chose not to use them as I prefer using sponge filters): https://i.imgur.com/QYNiVEV.mp4

With the following supplies:

  • https://www.amazon.com/Aqua-Clear-A1370A1-Aquaclear-20-Gallon/dp/B0006JLO5K/
  • https://www.amazon.com/Aqua-Flo-Aquarium-Filter-Media-Thick/dp/B01J5MV86S/
  • https://www.amazon.com/3IN1-BIO-SPONGE-Biochemical-Sponge-QUACLEAR/dp/B00VPL0V0W
  • Intake Sponge - https://www.aquariumcoop.com/collections/intake-sponges something like this, that slides over the intake tube, not sure what size as I don't use the included HoB though.

    You will have to do Fish-In-Cycle (please read):

    https://www.reddit.com/r/bettafish/wiki/fishincycle

    Must-Have items for your Fish-In-Cycling process + Additional Info:

    https://www.amazon.com/Seachem-116012300-Stability-500ml/dp/B0002APIIW <-- Beneficial Bacteria blend, add 2x-3x the recommended amount of this directly into the filter, filter media, & tank water, especially after a water change. Add the bene-bacteria on a DAILY basis, for up to a week or longer if you like. Don't worry about "overdosing" on Bene-bacteria, the more the better when trying to kickstart a nitrogen cycle.

    https://www.amazon.com/Seachem-116043304-Prime-500ml/dp/B00025694O/ <--Best water conditioner, also temporarily binds ammonia into less harmful form.

    https://www.amazon.com/API-FRESHWATER-800-Test-Freshwater-Aquarium/dp/B000255NCI/ <--- ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE, VERY IMPORTANT, liquid water parameters test kit. Three main things to check daily or every-other-day: Ammonia, Nitrite, and Nitrate. Not cycled will read 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite, 0 Nitrate. Cycling in progress will read some ammonia and/or some nitrite, but little or no nitrate. Fully Cycled will read 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrite, and 5-10 ppm of Nitrate, then when nitrate reaches 15-20 ppm in a cycled tank a water change is necessary to reduce said nitrates.

    Other stuff:

    Also... try getting NorthFin Betta Bits, they're one of the best pellets with high quality ingredients, little or no fillers, and absolutely no nasty toxic preservatives. My bettas love them so much that they inhale them like it's drugs for a drug addict or something LOL (or exactly like Kirby)! https://www.amazon.com/Northfin-Food-Betta-Pellet-Package/dp/B00M4Q5DQ4/

    Beware of overfeeding, which is equally bad for bettas as underfeeding (they are gluttons and would eat till they burst if given the chance) https://i.imgur.com/4RR2LZ9.jpg. (save this pic for reference, feed betta as much as makes his belly match between 1st and 2nd photo, then let him digest back down to a normal belly before feed again.)

    Filter - any as long as it have adjustable flow (or else you can make a baffle if the flow is too strong, google about that), or many here recommend a basic Sponge-Filter to have a gentle water output that won't be stressful and push the betta all around the tank (the ones with big fins have a hard time with strong currents in their tank)

    Heater - Any heater, following the 5-watt-per-gallon power rating rule, with a manual knob for setting temperature (so for example 5g you want at least 25watt heater), don't go for preset heaters (they're not very accurate). Bettas like 78-80F (25-27C).

    Plants - Bettas like to have a lot (like a jungle) of plants to hide in, swim through, explore, play, and rest on. Some beginner live plants that don't require special setups are Marimo Moss balls + Java moss, other live plants may have special requirements in order to thrive. Silk plants (cloth leaves) are fine too if you don't have a green thumb. I do a mixed hybrid tank; silk plants + lots of marimo moss balls + java moss. Make sure if using silk/fake plants that there's no sharp pokey bits, remove and sand them down if there are. You can get good deals on live plant packages on r/aquaswap

    Decor - Bettas appreciate cave-like decor that they can hide in. Make sure there's nothing sharp on the inside of the cave, nor sharp edges or sharp parts outside. Avoid also any smallish openings that a betta can get their head stuck in if they get curious. Another nice decor is the ZooMed Floating Betta Log (for 5g or larger tanks), bettas like hanging out in there.

    Cleaning/Tank Maintenance Supplies -

    Seachem Stability, Seachem Prime, API Freshwater Master Test Kit, big bucket (can have 2, one for clean water, and one for the old dirty tank water), and an appropriate gravel vacuum (they come in different sizes so make sure you get one that is the right size for your tank). Algae scraper thing too (the lil magnetic ones are nice) if you don't like algae on the front of the tank...Brand new clear-plastic Turkey Baster (which you will only use for aquarium use) will be good for spot-cleaning (immediate removal of food/poo wastes if you see any sitting around)

    More info on Betta care & needs: https://www.reddit.com/r/bettafish/wiki/index
u/princessodactyl · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Thanks for the great suggestion!

It looks like the provided sponge/filter media is pretty subpar, so I wouldn't buy it without extra biomedia like an Aquaclear 20 sponge ($5 for the 3-pack or $1.50 if you buy a few things on Amazon at the same time) or a couple Fluval U1 foam pads ($1.50/each), or Aquaclear Biomax ($3). So, minus points for that added complexity/extra cost, but bonus points for low flow, adjustable intake, and included intake sponge!

I'll add it to the spreadsheet, I think I'll make a collection of suggested alternatives for each category. Thanks again!

u/Dasuft · 1 pointr/bettafish
  1. Not cycled, I'm doing a fish in cycle that's about 2 weeks in. I'm using Seachem Stability to accelerate the process.
  2. Nitrates: 0, Nitritates: 0, pH: 7.5, GH: 40
  3. I do about 50%-70% water changes every 2-3 days, and vaccum the substrate every time. I have a bunch of small rocks as substrate.
  4. Nothing
  5. I'm using this filter with this sponge and this biomax

    Thanks.
u/picogardener · 1 pointr/bettafish

Correct, you don't remove/discard any part of the filter media except carbon once a month if you're using it. When you do your water changes, take the media out and swish it in your dirty tank water to clean off any goop and detritus, maybe squeeze it a bit so it doesn't drip, and put it back. In this filter I think you could fit a small bag of ceramic media and a piece of sponge if you're not using the cartridges designed for it. I usually buy the stuff made for AquaClear filters but you may need to buy a filter media bag (little mesh bags with a draw string, designed so you can customize what you put in your filter; I have found AquaClear brand at Petsmart before but you can find on Amazon and different aquatic retailers) because even the media sets for AquaClear 20's may be too large (if it were too large like I think, you could cut open the bag with ceramic media and dump into one of those mesh bags; I suspect about 3/4 of the amount for an AC20 would probably be about right for this filter). A sponge for an AquaClear could be cut down to size. If you can't find AquaClear stuff you can also look for Fluval branded stuff, it's the same thing.

You can also use filter floss that gets tossed every week to few weeks (as it gets dirty) to catch detritus as it comes into the filter; I use the plain poly-fil like is used for pillow stuffing, found in craft stores (make sure it has no flame-retardant chemicals if you go this route); I have used both the stuffing kind and the pad kind used in quilts, I find the pad kind a bit easier because I can cut to size and fold it up if needed. It probably wouldn't be as effective in this filter since it draws from the bottom, compared to a hang-on-back style where the water pours in from the top. It's definitely not required, but some people like it. I use it on my saltwater tanks a lot. Hopefully that all makes sense!

Before ammonia is added, you'll see 0's all the way across the board for ammonia/nitrites/nitrates (it takes a few days for flakes to break down to produce ammonia and they can be a bit messy; some people also use those mesh filter media bags or even a clean pantyhose to hold a plain grocery store cocktail shrimp or big pinch of fish food to start the cycle so that when it breaks down it doesn't make a mess). A bacterial supplement can help the cycle go faster but it's not strictly necessary; many people cycled tanks before those were developed! Pure ammonia is definitely the cleanest method of cycling a tank and one I had great success with last time I used it (for a saltwater tank but the nitrogen cycle works just the same).

And yeah, we don't have anything high end close to me, it's an hour plus drive to anything besides a little bitty Petsmart lol.