Ready to introduce a filter to my tank - how to prep?
I found my filter and would like to introduce it to my tank. Found the original receipt inside the box, looks like it was purchased in 1997 - wow that's how long ago I had my last african dwarf frog! Still runs great and even has several new foam inserts as well as a few used ones.
The filter I have is a Fluval #1, and based on the paper work I believe it does not require any carbon products or inserts. Looks like carbon is for units above #1. It's nice and small, perfect size for my 2.5 gallon plastic terrarium tank (yes I know something bigger would be better =\ ). It's quiet, but looks like the top needs to be slightly out of the water and there will be a constant stream coming out from the top.
What's the best way to introduce this? Should I place it in something separate first with dirty frog water and let it filter that for sometime? If yes then I'm wondering which water to go with - I have two options. The frogs are originally Frog-O-Sphere frogs from Brookstone and had been in their sphere since Dec. 23rd, until about two days ago. The sphere is nice and dirty, I did do a few partial water changes but it's still nice and gross, and stinky - has less than half of its water, about 35%.
So the frogs have been in the 2.5 home for about two days, I did place gravel from the Brookstone sphere, its two now fuzzy rocks, and about 60% percent of the water into the new place (didn't dump in all of it in case I needed "original source water"). Haven't really done a water change to the new place, probably did about 15% change tonight because the top had an oily skin from food, most likely the mealworms I tried out.
If I should let it filter dirty water, which source should I go with and how long should I do this - a day, longer? Now this would be to introduce bacteria correct? After this is done and the filter is in, should I constantly have it running, or could I maybe just turn it on for an hour or so say twice a day? How often should I clean or replace the foam insert, and when a new insert is placed should I repeat the recommended process once again? How safe would it be to safely clean a used filter pad and reuse it?