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Nossie
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Re: Help me with amonia/nitrite?
« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2011, 05:46:36 PM »

The carbon filter needs to be changed every two weeks, but don't change out the rest of the filter media until it's actually very sludgy. It's only better for the system if you have the beneficial bacteria intact!

I'd agree with scrivens though, maybe you should check if your fish-sitter could change some water while you're gone? Smiley

I'm a little concerned about the water smelling "horrible", it should never smell horrible! In my cases, the tanks only smelled bad if I had a sick fish with strong meds in it, or in case a lone fish died and had the water polluted over-night. Something would definitely have to be wrong with it to start smelling so bad! But I bet that later the easy balance and stress zyme will help tremendously Smiley
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Re: Help me with amonia/nitrite?
« Reply #31 on: December 17, 2011, 06:35:02 PM »

The smell is like rotting swamp water. I can smell it outside of the aquarium.  Huh I've already done a 50% water change and then a 20% to clear out more gunk from the gravel, should I do something else?

The little tank never did that so I don't know what it is.

The fish sitter is okay with doing the little tank as it's right next to the sink. Smiley He's looking a little perkier, so I'm glad we moved him out. In any case, do you think it would be safer  to wait until the new tank is cycled before adding the fish back into it?
 The article was helpful. Thanks for that.
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Re: Help me with amonia/nitrite?
« Reply #32 on: December 18, 2011, 05:00:36 AM »

It definitely would be, so when you come back, change out a little water in the small tank and keep an eye on the water parameters of the bigger one, once the ammonia and most of the nitrite is gone, feel free to add the fish Smiley But there might be a small nitrogen spike when you add the goldfish, so you'll need to carefully monitor the water quality (read: test it every day for the first week or two) and change out 50% whenever you notice any ammonia in the tank! And then you'll also want to add beneficial bacteria with each change Smiley
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Re: Help me with amonia/nitrite?
« Reply #33 on: December 18, 2011, 06:39:54 AM »

Good advice Noss and Scrivens  Cheesy

Also with carbon, it can depend on the company and brand as to how often it needs to be changed.
For example I have carbon that lasts 8 weeks  Smiley

Good luck with things and enjoy your trip  Grin
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Re: Help me with amonia/nitrite?
« Reply #34 on: December 18, 2011, 03:50:28 PM »

o.k. our plan is to let the new tank cycle and then add the fish. That should be sometime in January.

He's doing lots better today. He has a wiggle dance that he does when he wants you to feed him and as soon as he saw us this morning he started doing it again.  Smiley

Thanks for all the help and good advice! Have a wonderful Christmas!
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Re: Help me with amonia/nitrite?
« Reply #35 on: December 18, 2011, 06:39:56 PM »

Good to hear! Smiley
Happy holidays to you too! Cheesy
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Re: Help me with amonia/nitrite?
« Reply #36 on: January 08, 2012, 11:58:47 PM »

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A update on a new thread with some more questions!
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