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    What do I do now?

    An update on my readings. I’m still getting around 0.25-0.50 ppm Ammonia, depending on the lighting, 0 Nitrite and between 10.0-20.0 Nitrate. Since my well water has 0.25-0.50 ppm Ammonia I was told to do a PWC with conditioned spring water and then run my tests to see if my well water is...
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    What do I do now?

    Yeah, it’s hard for someone like me who is so new to all of this because all of the forums and different people I talk to have different opinions. This particular woman owns a little mom and pop fish store in my area and since they’ve been open since like 1975 she “knows a thing or two about...
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    What do I do now?

    Hi, The wisteria plant was dying or something. The roots all fell off and the leaves had holes in them so I returned it. My plan is to get a water sprite or a different floater in yhe nrar future. Everything else seems to be growing well but I’m not using any fertilizer at the moment. The lady...
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    What do I do now?

    Awesome, I’ll look into water sprite later today. I have a water wasteria stem plant but it doesn’t look like it’s doing to well and I can’t keep it in the substrate. I was thinking of going to one of the smaller aquarium stores in the area and seeing if they had any that looked better than the...
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    Those are all good points that I hadn’t thought of. I will ask about them when I go to the store later for the extra sponges for my filter. I’m returning one of the ones I have because I just don’t like the look in my tank. I got it from petsmart and it hasn’t looked well the entire time I’ve...
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    Help with my Top Fin Silentstream 10

    I was going to look into the ones you mention that go into the intake and I’ve seen people buy the sponges to put into the filter but I’m confused as to where it would go. Would it be behind the bag of carbon? Squeezing the bag won’t knock off bacteria?
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    Alright, I’ll leave them where they are and look into the floating ones. I got the slow growers because I was told I couldn’t have anything else is my size tank.
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    Help with my Top Fin Silentstream 10

    I’ve had this filter on my new tank for about a month and it’s clogged twice. I have been told not to replace the filter yet because I haven’t gotten my tank established. So, I’ve been “swishing” it in water I removed from the tank at a cleaning. This last time the filter didn’t unclog and the...
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    What do I do now?

    I have a little bundle of water wisteria, an anubias nana, two different kinds of crypts and a sword. Would these be sufficient to help?
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    What do I do now?

    Wow that’s a lot. I’ll have to read it again, lol. I just tested my tank and I even included pictures for you to see. It kinda looks like Nitrite is 0, Nitrate is 10 and Ammonia is 0.5. The second test with the Ammonia is water straight from my tap and they look about the same..
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    What do I do now?

    I’m sorry if this sounds stupid but I don’t know what you mean by “just the filter media”. Are you talking about taking the mesh type bag and cutting it up and putting it in behind the new mesh bag?
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    I want to decrease the levels with the water changes, right? I’m not sure if both filters will fit but I can look to see.
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    What do I do now?

    Awesome advice everyone but there’s been a lot of information shared. So, should I keep up with the water change % based on the amount of nitrites I have or just do 50% until I finish my cycle? Every day or every other day. Also, my first filter is clogged and I have water coming out of the...
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    What do I do now?

    How do I know if the top fin conditioner only lasts a certain amount of time? I can’t find anything on the bottle about it, it just says “helps neutralize harmful ammonia, chloranime and chlorine”. I do have libe plants but I was told that they were all slow growers and would not help me.
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    What do I do now?

    So now I’m confused, lol. I do have 0.25 ammonia in my well water and I use the Top Fin conditioner, which is supposed to work on ammonia and chlorine. Does this mean I will get a positive reading even though it is harmless or does the conditioner only work for a certain amount of time and then...
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