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Old 08-05-2010, 10:48 PM   #1
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Been around aquariums for a long time, but just getting back into it and starting off with a 55g Cichlid (SA) tank. Those are some angry little suckers! Do not mess with their territory! :p

I started off with a little fin rot and Melafix'ed that, then moved on to ich and cooked the water for awhile and hit it with Quick Cure, then a sweet algea bloom that clouded the tank, and a weird burst of ammonia that came back every time I fed them frozen brine shrmp. I put some shrimp in a glass to test the water, and sure enough, massive ammonia. No idea if that's normal, but still re-learning about all these things. Hey, it sounds like I'm well on my way into the fun! lol

I've posted up some tank pics. It runs dual filters, a Magnum 350, and a Tetra 60 primarily to keep a bio system running full time.
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First off welcome to AA! This site is packed with knowledgable aquarists who love to learn, educate and have fun doing these things!

The first thing I would like to recommend to you would be to change your method of filtration. I would upgrade your Hang On Back (HOB) filter to an AquaClear or 70 or a Fluval canister filter, or both your magnum is more of a water polisher rather than a filter, so I would step up to the AC70 for more efficient biological filtration to kill that ammonia on the spot. And it could be the ammonia that clouds the water.

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