Originally Posted by SuperFisch
Forgive my ignorance but I don't think you should ever read any ammonia after you've cycled unless you are constantly mini cycling. If I were you, I'd take a vial into my LFS
and get them to test. Could be your test kit is screwy. I'd also get rid of the carbon. As I understand it, carbon should be replaced every month regardless of its look or smell due to the fact that it will leech contaminates back into your tank. Unless you're cleaning meds out, I would simply not run it as its minimal benifits outweigh the risks. I'd replace that out with some bio-material. Depending on the model of HOB
filter I've had success in cutting the top of the carbon cartridge and dumping that out, you can then replace with filter floss or other bio-packs.
Whoa! getting creative! i actually think that's a really good idea! i never thought to just cut the top of the carbon filter and put my own stuff in it. The my LFS
has an entire wall dedicated to filters so i'll keep an eye out for the floss, any suggestions as to the best kind? is it the same as dental floss- dumb question i know, but worth a shot. i haven't added any meds to my tank,as my fish are all 'bright eyed and bushy tailed' no slime, no wounds, no signs of dropsy, no nothing! -knock on wood!
someone earlier suggested an NH3
test strip because the API test kit tests for both NH3
and NH4, and i could be getting the high reading from the NH3
instead of the Free Ammonia, which is the bad kind, is that right?
The last time i took it to my LFS
everything came back perfectly normal. Based on my fish behavior I think everything is fine.
As a side note i feed my pleco a piece of Seaweed every other day, and when i took out the carbon pads they seemed to resemble the color of that. i wonder if that could be causing a problem as well?