08-19-2007, 04:25 PM
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jones, I definitely agree with you! the only parameter as far as I can tell that is unstable to the point of being really bad is the ammonia, but its really only spiking upto .5, 1 on rare occasions if i skip a water change, and with each water change the ammonia is getting lower and lower, where as 2 or 3 weeks ago it was spiking upto 4ppm, with no really major ill effects.
at current the tank only houses 2 blue gouramis, 1 pleco, 2 cory cats (3 more coming when I get the tank stable) and as of recent losses 8 glowlight tetras, so i really dont think that its overstocked for a 30g tank.
I run the lights longer than I should, and its not really consistant due to my work schedule, but it only varies by a couple hours at most from the "10 hour rule".
for filtration I took a fresh filter media pad, and broke the back open and dumped all the carbon out, so I can still run a filter without removing the melafix from the water.
I need a timer for my lighting and I really need to keep up on the water changes to get the ammonia down as low as i can get it till the cycle is complete, other than that Im not sure what else i can do! My nitrates are continually going up so im confident the cycle is nearing completion, just waiting for that ammonia to drop.
but jones, never will good advice hurt my feelings ;)