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Old 01-21-2021, 09:35 PM   #1
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Yíall I have a 20 g tank with 3 neon tetras, 2 neon danios 1 dwarf albino plecco and we just added a beta.
Typing it out it sounds like a lot of fish in the tank but they all work so well together and stay at different levels of the tank.
Iíve gone from the stuff that come in the box on the hanging filters to 100% polyester, and a media filter to hold the good bacteria in. Everything was fine level wise but itís gotten off and cannot shake the ammonia in the tank as weíve done 60% water changes 2 days in a row. 😞 Iím trying not to put ammonia lock in and have used the little bag that has ammonia catcher stuff in it that you can bleach to reuse....

Any idea if itís just be the filter thatís the issue???
I seriously keep their tank so clean of debris and dead plants
Someone help 😭😭
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Old 01-22-2021, 03:30 AM   #2
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Have you cleaned the filter recently? How long ago did you change over to what your using now?
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Old 01-23-2021, 09:34 AM   #3
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Itís been a few months Iíve been using the polyester sponge method for the tank. And water change was earlier this week.
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Also yes, did a filter cleaning whenever I do water changes and quite frequently inbetween
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OK cool, part of your problem is cleaning the filter. The mechanical media can be changed, but all the rest needs to be left. All that be brown slimy gunk in there is your beneficial bacteria. Every time you remove it you're starting your cycle over and prob getting ammonia spikes
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If your using a sponge it rarely needs to be cleaned. If your using polyester fiber fill it can be changed monthly. I'm not sure what you're using, I'm not familiar with the term polyester sponge
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Hmmm. Thank you. So I donít clean the sponge rarely at all. Polyester definitely often when I see the build up of poop or slimey looking stuff. So as I am understanding youíre saying the slime is the good stuff?? I was under the impression with the sponge that thatíll house the good bacteria. And the sponge is not polyester itís actually one from the dollar tree like a scrubby one. They come in multi colors in a four pack.
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Oh yeah, pot scrubbers! Those are great. Don't clean them. Like once every few years. Those are great bacteria houses, I'm currently switching alot over to those DG ones, 6 for a buck. Slimy gunk is the good stuff
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https://aquariumscience.org/index.php/7-filter-media/
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OK cool, part of your problem is cleaning the filter. The mechanical media can be changed, but all the rest needs to be left. All that be brown slimy gunk in there is your beneficial bacteria. Every time you remove it you're starting your cycle over and prob getting ammonia spikes
Yepper good advice!
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Oh yeah, pot scrubbers! Those are great. Don't clean them. Like once every few years. Those are great bacteria houses, I'm currently switching alot over to those DG ones, 6 for a buck. Slimy gunk is the good stuff
Charlie, thank you so so much. Youíve truly been a blessing. Last thing I want is these fishes to die and I seem to be helping others with what I know so I appreciate your time in reading and responding to this! Good luck with your tanks as well (: (:
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Thanks so much! Very kind of you. I'm glad I was able to input and I hope it helps
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