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Old 07-04-2011, 08:31 PM   #1
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Hi - I have a 29 gallon tank with about 20 pollaties- mollies - guppies - tetras -tiger barbs and one large pocastamus (sorry not sure how to spell it). We have had problems with white cloudy water. I got the eco block a month ago and two days ago we even replaced my old aquaclear filter to a marineland power filter penguin 150. Today I tested my water (with the tubes) and my PH - Amonia and Nitrate/Nitrites were all high. I tested last week and only my PH was high. My husband and I are going back and forth on the feeding. I think we need to go to once a day. Also, when we feed them the pump pushes the food to the bottom. Should I turn off the pump when feeding? Please help.
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When you replaced the filter did you take the filter media out of the old one and put it in the new one? If not you may have started a mini cycle and have bacterial bloom.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:39 PM   #3
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I would feed every other day.
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what do you mean by take the filter media out of the old one? Sorry
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The stuff that is inside your filter: the sponges, filter floss, ceramic rings, bio balls or whatever was inside. That stuff would have had "good" bacteria on it that nom nom noms it's way through ammonia and nitrites.
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He's saying it's always good if you can to take the old filter cartridge out of your old filter she the good bacteria is still live and active and put it I'm the new one, your tank will cycle faster, by pitting on the new filter cartridge you started the process over
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Beat me to the answer 
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no I threw it all away since this filter type was completely different. The marineland biowheel has the filter you slide in and the old aquaclear had the sponge rocks etc so I had nowhere to put in this.
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Old 07-04-2011, 08:50 PM   #9
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Oakie doke. I'm sure that if I am mistaken then someone will correct me but it seems to me like you are having a mini cycle whilst the bacteria establishes a colony in your filter.
I just learned about cycling but I already have fish. What now?!
This should tell you what you need to do now
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