Seems like every time I do something, I end up screwing up worst. Yeah, I know, patience is not a virtue with me.
Ok, so things were going pretty smoothly until a week ago, introduced fish, most have died.
When the fish arrived, unknown to me, I had just done about a 90% change in order to catch two gouramis that needed to go back to fish store -- more aggressive than I had anticipated.
Anyway, since then, I have lost fish, I have an incredibly cloudy tank, started 2 days after big water change, now have awful smell. I have concluded that my tank has never really cylced properly or completely. I check my chemistry every day.
NOW, it just does not seem like I have the current or water movement I once had. I certainly feel water coming out of the spray bar, and see plant movement on the 1/3 of tank that has the spray bar, but not much going on on the other side. I can feel suction, filter certainly appears to be running.
But..On the end of tank opposite spary bar, I have bubbles just sittin in the water, and pretty much a film. That used to be never the case.
So, I am thinking that based on all the tribulations I have put this poor tank through, I might have prematurely clogged or partially obstructed the system, somewhere. When I took the charcoal filter out last week, I was surprised by how much stuff back flushed out of the intake side as I drained the canister.
What I do not want to do is to kill off the bacteria that is trying to grow since the last huge water change (which I treated by the way).
I think the recommend first pump cleaning is three months, I would be going on about 1 month.
Any ideas, comments, or suggestions.