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we need more information

1. Size of aquarium (# of gallons)
2. Is your aquarium set up freshwater or saltwater?
3. How long the aquarium has been setup
4. What fish and how many are in the aquarium (species are important to know)
5. Are there live plants in the aquarium?
6. What make/model filter are you using?
7. Are you using a CO2 unit?
8. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day?
9. When did you perform your last water exchange, and how much water was changed?
10.How often and what foods do you feed your fish?
11.Is your aquarium light incandescent or fluorescent and how often is it kept on?
12.What specific concerns bring you here at this time?
13. Water are your water test results for:
pH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate?
 

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Holly said:
Would the level of jumped so high because of the cleaning, co2 & extra filter I installed last night? I got one new fish in the past week but I don't think that would be enough to kick it off, would it? Is there any way to lower the nitrite quick? I'm scared I'm going to loose everyone.

The algae is in the water. If I turn the light on it almost looks like powder swirling around in the tank. I can only see about 2 inches in.

Thank you all for your help. I really appreciate it
cleaning = loss of bacteria = nitrite spike
CO2 = excess nutrients = algae
New filter, well internal filters are just no good.
 

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what is the medium? A good filter medium is a cartridge of activated carbon and a sponge, any filter can have this, just buy some filter sponge at your lfs, cut it to fit in your filter, then make an insision at the top of the sponge wide and deep enough to fit the cartridge of carbon, then change the carbon monthly but dont change the sponge, just clean it when you are changing the tanks water by gently squeezing it in the bucket of old aquarium water
 
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