01-11-2014, 06:01 PM
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I'd just leave it for now, honestly. . . get that sponge in there!
(Did you keep the filter wet with tank water between your friend's house and yours? *hopes*I probably should have thought to mention this before, I'm sorry! )
Yanno, Carlos. . . when I was cycling my first tank, I had a similar situation (though it didn't last NEARLY this long). What I did to solve it was simply. . .nothing.
Sometimes it can be best to just leave things alone for a bit, and give them a chance to settle. I'm hoping with fingers crossed that this filter is the ticket to getting you past this. . . but if not, I'd suggest that if you don't see a change over the next few days after adding the sponge filter, (if you're comfortable with this approach) you leave this tank alone for 3 days or so without touching the water - but continue adding Prime.
I'm not sure if this is an accepted way of going about things, so you may want to hang on for Sandy, or another more experienced member to advise. . . I only know that it worked for me - those three days of leaving the tank alone allowed it to fix itself and restore it's own balance. Sometimes. . . the best thing to do is nothing, I think. . .
Give the bacteria on the sponge a few days to do it's thing, though - hopefully that won't be necessary.
YOU'RE GONNA GET THROUGH THIS!!!! *HUGS* And when you do, we're changing the title of this thread and move it to the journal area so you can continue to chart it's progress! I can't WAIT until things settle down, and you *FINALLY* get some enjoyment out of this beautiful tank!
Last edited by Chesh; 01-11-2014 at 06:05 PM..