Name is Joe, I am 18 in Central New Jersey.
I have a 45 gallon freshwater aquarium setup, and I don't know at this point how to save the water chemistry and bacterial balance. I only have two fish left, a 1 year old and a 5 year old pink kissing gourami. Everything else has died off.
The reason for this: My filter died and I didn't realize for two weeks, when the tank started to stink and fish began to die. I had been running a biowheel filter from petco, and I had to change the media every two weeks. I have in my basement a Fluval 303 canister filter that I haven't used due to high maintainence requirements, but I think it may be the only solution. When I get home, I am going to perform tests on the ammonia, pH, nitrites, and nitrates. I plan on doing a partial water change and vacuuming the gravel.
For those who may not know, the fluval 303 is three stage. The first is made up of ceramic beads, the second of carbon and ammo-lock, and the third is a sponge-like disc.