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Old 08-30-2011, 04:05 PM   #11
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Check with Foster and Smith online. I think they have the API freshwater test kit even cheaper than Amazon.
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:00 PM   #12
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Test strips are notoriously inaccurate. If that's what the store is using then you are not getting good readings about your water's parameters. For better information about your aquarium's conditions it is recommended by most of AA to use the API Freshwater Master Test Kit to test the water. It's cheaper at Amazon than your local PetCo/Smart or lfs.

What type of filter are you using in your aquarium?
I've been using the marineland 350
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:03 PM   #13
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Mac- I've been using the marineland 350
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:06 PM   #14
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Bruinsbro- I thought of that to. My marineland 350 filter has slots for up to 4 filter cartridge/pads. I tried changing them out on a rotation so there's always at least 1 old one in there. How often do you recommend changing the filter cartridges?
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Old 08-30-2011, 06:13 PM   #15
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Bruinsbro- I thought of that to. My marineland 350 filter has slots for up to 4 filter cartridge/pads. I tried changing them out on a rotation so there's always at least 1 old one in there. How often do you recommend changing the filter cartridges?
I actually don't recommend changing them at all, I still have ones that are a year old running in my AquaClear HOB. To clean them, all you need to do is to get a bucket of old tank water when you're doing a PWC and rinse and slosh all the crud off it.
If it's ABSOLUTELY necessary for you to change them, then just take them out one each month while keeping some old ones in there, let it run for a month, and then take the old one out.

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I think the filter changes may be the problem. What type of food do you feed? How do you acclimate the fish?
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How often do you change water and how much at a time? What temps are the tanks kept at? Neons don't need really warm water, low 70s is fine. Same for most corys. I like to do an extra large water change every once in a while, around 75%, as opposed to the usual weekly 50%.
AquaClear filters don't use cartridges, but rather foam inserts that last for years. Most cartridge types can be cleaned to a point but eventually clog because the fibers mat, and need replacement.
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I don't know a whole bunch about your filter as I'm using Aquaclear. That said, I'd find a way to have all four cartridge slots filled and only change ONE of them each month. Also, if those cartridges use carbon, find a way to diy pads that don't have carbon, since carbon apparently can release toxins back into the water after a certain point.
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I think the filter changes may be the problem. What type of food do you feed? How do you acclimate the fish?
I use tetra flake food if I remember right, and float the bags. I really don't have anything to setup a drip system.
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I think the filter changes may be the problem. What type of food do you feed? How do you acclimate the fish?
Tetra flake food, and float the bags
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