02-18-2013, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by jmecon
I do use water conditioner when I change the water. I have well water so chlorine is not an issue. The ammonia reading this afternoon was about 4, so I did a 40-50% water change and the reading has went down to 1.
Sounds like I will be checking and changing water pretty often for a little while. After doing much more research, I have a better understanding of the water cycle.
After the cycling is complete, at that point should I place a new carbon filter behind the old one to start the process of building the beneficial bacteria on this filter?
It depends if you use carbon then replace it when it is supposed to be used, honestly though using carbon is a waste of time and money if your filter uses pre-packaged carbon just use a knife or some scissors to take out the carbon your filters will last way longer and it willl be more beneficial for your fish. If you use this method you just need to take the pad out rinse it out in the aquarium water you took out from the water change and put it back in. This helps keep costs down by using the same pad again, helps keep your beneficial bacteria in place, and carbon is only useful when removing escess chemicals or medicine from the water.