Re-posted from another forum:
I test my water everyday for ammonia. Last night it was 4.0. I could've cried.
This sudden ammonia spike freaked me out. Nothing has changed, so I checked my filter: clogged.
Oh damn. I can't make it to the only store that sells the filters (Aqueon) because we're in the middle of a huge storm.
So I went across the road to a petsmart and bought a second filter.
A Tetra Whisper. I don't really like it but what other choice do I have?
I rinsed my aqueon filter until I can get to the store (we're snowed in and the drive wouldn't be so nice)
Should I leave it running? Will it be spilling horrible bacteria into my tank?
I finally got some stability as well.
It says to use for 7 days. Is that with or without water changes? I did a 75% water change this morning. Added some stability. About to test for ammonia again.
I don't think my one molly is going to make it. This is horrible. I ordered some more catridges online incase I can't make it out this weekend. Ugh. I feel so bad.
When I tested the water for ammonia after the cleaning it was 1.0
The extreme cold wouldn't affect the filter and catridges I just bought would it?
What normally is a 10-15 minute walk took over 30 minutes in the blizzard last night.
Ugh, this is so frustrating.
Should I do another partial water change again? (2 in one day?)