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Old 01-10-2015, 01:26 PM   #351 
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my filter has algae growing out of it
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Old 01-10-2015, 01:30 PM   #352 
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That's pretty normal. As long as it doesn't interfere with the water flow, you're fine. If it gets really gross, you can swish it around in the old tank water after you do a water change.
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Old 01-17-2015, 05:46 AM   #353 
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So end of week water test and surprised....
NitrITE=0ppm
Ammonia= 2ppm
NitrATE=0ppm

so definite 50% water change tomorrow.

I have to admit- I do not run the filter all day- I had to replace the first one, but the new one is very powerful( same airpump)
I run it all day but unplug it during the night
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Old 01-17-2015, 10:16 AM   #354 
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Hmm. You went from zero to 2? Ouch. I am wondering if, perhaps, it was not that your filter was cycled, but that your source water had improved.
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Old 01-17-2015, 12:51 PM   #355 
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Will do water change tomorrow 50%.
and that should bring it down again.
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Old 01-19-2015, 04:10 AM   #356 
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Help Needed- Ammonia still too High!!!!!!

So after doing a 50% water change - I tested the water and was shocked...
NitrITE=0PPM
Ammonia= 2-4ppm
NitrATE=5PPM

Now I am really worried- seems that I will need to do another 50% wc tomorrow or so..
hoping somebody can help me.
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Old 01-19-2015, 12:54 PM   #357 
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Cup him and do a 100% change. Rinse the sand in case there are any decaying debris. Keep the sponge filter wet while you're doing it...and test your source water.
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Old 01-19-2015, 12:57 PM   #358 
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give me a day or so and I will give readings as soon as I do it.
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