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Old 03-26-2010, 05:29 PM   #11
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thanks everyone but i noticed my filter doesnt get dirty at all and i havent needed to change the filter pad for several months and ive even used different filters?
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Old 03-26-2010, 05:54 PM   #12
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i have the same filters on my 55G (use to) do you mean that the blue filter pads don't have food/fish waste build up on them??? Thats a little you rinse them off in a bucket of tank water during your water change everyweek? I find it weird that theres no build up on those pads...mine were pretty mucky after about 2 weeks worth....espically with the load of fish you have...

is your filter running smoothly? nothing is clogging it up??

when you say you switch filters, you mean you used another filter during this past year? if so, what kind and when did you switch?

1077, might be on to something regard the lone 350 not able to handle the bio load of a big tank. I use to run two of those bad boys on my 55G and I never had a problem. Two really seemed to handle whatever the tank threw at it.

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Old 03-27-2010, 09:58 AM   #13
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yes the filter pads dont have any waste build up on them and i am using another 10 gallon filter to help the 350 and i had returned the first one which was the same exact one and bought this one a couple months back.and ive looked inside and nothing is clogging it up.
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Old 03-28-2010, 02:13 AM   #14
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I have little confidence in the ammonia readings you are getting especially considering the tank has been running for a year,.At some point the tank did cycle. Unless you have done something to destroy the biological filter perhaps changing out substrates? switching old filter for new filter ,or as mentioned ,,cleaned filter material in tapwater , then the tank still has biological filter and should be cycled.
Might test some tapwater for ammonia,Might take sample of water to fish store and get second opinion.
If you think you may have destroyed some good bacteria and you have another tank? or a friend with a tank, then borrow some filter material from them or from other tank and place the material in your filter.
Some water conditioners will affect readings for ammonia with some test kit's. If you tryuly had 8.0 for ammonia, fish would begin dying in short order.Expired test kits will give false readings as well.
If you had levels of ammonia at posted levels you would also see elevated(high) nitrites as well.
The thing I would do is purchase the API freshwater master kit,or take sample to the fish store as has been suggested to get second opinion. I would perform as suggested 50 percent water changes each week or twice a week.
I don't know what might have killed the fish but with increase in size and number of water changes,, along with proper diet, the fish will have the best chance.
Would review all of the above. Is not possible to have ammonia readings you are seeing and also have live fish.
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Old 03-29-2010, 10:42 AM   #15
just going to throw this out there, but i had problems keeping fish alive going into this winter and I believe it was do to the PH level being so off. it was around 7.8 and as soon as i buffered it back to 7.0 i stopped losing fish and have had a death in 3-4 months. granted i now buffer my water, but it seems to be working for me and my plants have not been affected at all which was one of my biggest concerns in buffering.
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