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    High nitrates

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    High nitrates

    I have a 20 gallon freshwater aquarium since september of '20. I have 2 angel fish, 1 red tailed black shark, 2 guppies & 1 algae eater. I also have 3 live plants & assorted artificial plants. Anyway my ph sits around 6.6, ammonia & nitrite are 0ppm but nitrates are 80 ppm or slightly higher. I...
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    Adding beneficial bacteria

    Is there such a thing as adding to much beneficial bacteria(tetra safe start) where it can be harmful to fish? I used the above product to help cycle my new aquarium. I was thinking when I get rid of my carbon filled disposable cartridge and add all foam to my bio wheel filter should I add...
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    BENEFICIAL BACTERIA

    Can I get this(tetra safe start)and add immediately? Will it harm my fish? Can I just put it in my bio wheel filter? Also im assuming the tank will eventually cycle on its own. Is this correct?
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    BENEFICIAL BACTERIA

    My aquarium is up and running for 2 months now. I have 9 fish in 20g(2 angels,4 mollies,2 guppies & red tailed shark). The tank, i believe, is still cycling(high nitrites & nitrates. My question is can I buy a beneficial bacteria product that I could add to the tank to speed up the cycling...
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    Water changes ammonia & nitrite levels at .25 or .5 levels

    Actually after letting nitrate test sit for abiut 10mins(slightly orange. Like suggested earlier I added a black foam filter also to my bio wheel hang on filter also.
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    Water changes ammonia & nitrite levels at .25 or .5 levels

    On so I just tested my water: ph-7.0, ammonia-0ppm, nitrite rose to maybe 1.0 ppm and nitrate is 0ppm. Does this mean things are getting better. What should I do now?
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    Water changes ammonia & nitrite levels at .25 or .5 levels

    How much water should I change daily?
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    Water changes ammonia & nitrite levels at .25 or .5 levels

    I'm assuming it hasn't completely cycled? Its been setup since september 30th. I started adding fish a week after this.
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    Water changes ammonia & nitrite levels at .25 or .5 levels

    Most people probably know my story already. My tank has been running since september 30th of this year. I have 9 fish in a 20 gallon aquarium(2 anglefish, 4 mollies, 2 guppies & red tailed black shark). Anyway I've been testing my water quality and have slight ammonia & nitrite levels. Would it...
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    TOTALLY BAFFLED & FRUSTRATED

    Yes. That is actually what I'm doing.
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    TOTALLY BAFFLED & FRUSTRATED

    Ok thanks. So its best to take out carbon filter now? Run the black foam filter till it falls apart?
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    TOTALLY BAFFLED & FRUSTRATED

    Just bought this black big square piece of foam. Should I cut it to fit my filter and get rid of my carbon filled cartridge and run this only in back filter till it falls apart?
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    TOTALLY BAFFLED & FRUSTRATED

    If I can't locate these black foam filters at my local pet shop. Would you be able to suggest something else?
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    TOTALLY BAFFLED & FRUSTRATED

    Can I buy these items at most pet shops? Also what colors are available?(white im assuming). So I should stay away from filters that I already filled with carbon that need to be changed(according to package) every 4-6 weeks? Can I replace immediately?
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    TOTALLY BAFFLED & FRUSTRATED

    So basically stop using my disposable pre filled blue filters and replace them with black foam filters asap? I watched the above video that was sent to me. Also can I add a round foam filter to where the tube socks up the water for even better results?
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    TOTALLY BAFFLED & FRUSTRATED

    I'm sorry I'm alittle confused. So I shouldn't "just use" the foam filter? The ones I have already are filled with carbon(above pic). So should I use both simultaneously? Also my nitrite & ammonia levels are they dangerous?
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    TOTALLY BAFFLED & FRUSTRATED

    This is what I currently use. So a black foam filter is better?
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