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Old 07-07-2013, 11:52 PM   #1
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Water question

I have a 10 gal tank that has been set up for a little over 2 months. I have been doing weekly water changes, haven't added any new fish for a while, and only feed once a day, yet my ammonia is still high. I tested my water today and he is what I got: Ammonia 4.0 ppm, Nitrites .25 ppm, Nitrates 20 ppm. Anyone have any idea why my Ammonia and Nitrites are still up?
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Have you been changing the filter media? Using dechlorinator? Changed the substrate recently? What's the stock?
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I've been changing the filter about every 30 days and vacuuming the substrates with my water changes. The stock is as follows: 1 Glass catfish (I now know I need more than one of these), Lyretail Guppy, 3 Platy's, apple snail, and a Nerite snail.
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Oops, and I have been dechlorinating the water.
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There's the problem. Don't change it. Every time you change the filter you are resetting the cycle. When it gets clogged just use a bucket of tank water to clean it. That way the bacteria is preserved.
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Is there any danger with the carbon in the filter being in for long periods? I've read that the carbon can release toxins if left in to long.
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No it's fine to leave. It will simply stop working and become a place for more bacteria to grow. If it bothers you, you can cut it out of the cartridge.
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By the way you have some beautiful tanks.
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Thanks for your help.
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No problem. Make sure to keep up the water changes. You will need them more often then once a week until the tank is cycled and stable.
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Happy to say my water chemistry is looking good now. Ammonia is only .25 Nitrites .25 and Nitrates 30. Thanks for the help😃
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