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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-18-2012, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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The filter has gone for over a month and it has captured bacteria.
I guess its not used to more ammonia and will take a while to get back.
I'm a little broke. I plan to buy a freshwater aquarium kit and other things to better care for my aquarium.
For now, I will keep with the water changes and use aquarium salt.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-18-2012, 03:50 PM
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I read that the pond snails or nerite snails would eat decaying plant matter?

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Or just take out the plant if its that bad? Have you changed out the filter cartridge within the last month?
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I took out the dead plants.
Nope, I haven't changed out the filter cartridge.
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 08-18-2012, 08:08 PM
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Ok, well I guess the only thing o do now is buy healthier plants! lol. Also, make sure your plants are getting some natural sunlight. That usually helps.
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post #16 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-01-2012, 02:28 PM
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If possible, I would replace your cartridge with a sponge media. If your cartridge has carbon inside it, the carbon will remove the fertilizer your plants need.

I recommend getting: http://www.petco.com/product/107996/...es_FilterMedia or cut to fit http://www.petco.com/product/5539/Ma...es_FilterMedia

You never have to replace sponge filters. Just give them a little rub and rinse in old tank water during water changes. The only time you should replace your sponge filter is if for some reason the media is falling apart.

Lastly, you don't need natural sunlight. Just make sure your bulbs are florescent bulbs.

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Some plants have an adjustment period to the new tank. I know hornwort does!! (pulls hair out)

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