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Old 05-29-2013, 08:31 AM   #1
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Sponge filter question

I bought an active sponge filter from angelsplus to try and cycle my 3 month old uncycled tank.

Question 1 - how far from the bottom of my tank do I mount the sponge? It has a magnet on the side to hold it in place.
Question 2 - how long does it typically take to remove the ammonia?
Question 3 - is there anything else special I need to do or just let it run its course and check the parameters daily?

I installed the sponge yesterday and ammonia reduced from 2.0 to 1.0 this AM. Nitrates increased from 5 to 10. No nitrites yet ( I have yet to see nitrites in my 3 months w the tank)
Ph is always 8.2

20 gallon high tank


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Here's how I set up the sponge is this right?
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Old 05-29-2013, 11:22 AM   #2
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I would put it right on the bottom. the flow of water through the filter will improve the closer to the bottom it is.
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Old 05-30-2013, 03:11 PM   #3
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How long should it take to remove 2.0 ammonia?

Should I do any water changes?
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