I want to run a bigger and better power filter on my 29g tank. I currently have a Aquaeon Quiet Flow 30 and my tank has been fully cycled for almost 3 weeks and now fully stocked. The fish are doing great and colorful. I feed them Omega One pellets once a day and give them frozen brine shrimp and frozen blood worms as treats twice per week. I do not feed them pellets on the treat days.
1- dwarf gourami
My tank has had a reading of 0-0-10 with a steady 7.4 ph with all fish except for 2 cories for almost 2 weeks. I added the last 2 cories saturday and all of a sudden got a .5ppm nitrite reading this morning with a 40ppm nitrate reading.
I had to go to work but did a 50% pwc
with Prime and Stress Zyme and the reading is lower but not much lower. I will do another pwc
I think my current stocking at 100% is too much for the filter I have and wondering if a new better and larger filter would help. I am going to run both filters at the same time so the new one can build up a a bacteria load. It's probably going to be a Fluval C3 for up to 50g.
How long should I run the filters in tandem to ensure the new one has enough of a bio load to handle the duties alone?
**Im not totally set on the Fluval and willing to consider another brand such as a Marinelannd Emperor 400