08-17-2008, 04:13 PM
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out of curiosity, are you removing any chlorine/chloramin from your tap water before your water changes? these chemicals will kill off the bacteria you need to break down the chemicals in your tank and keep all those levels in check. There are a variety of brands of balancing chemicals you can use. ask around. also, although many will recommend against it, you can get a bacteria booster to kick start/ suppost your cycling tank. "Cycle" is what i use if i notice any spikes in my parameters. if possible, letting your tank self-balance will usually lead to a stronger, more self-regulating environment.
just some food for thought, good luck.