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I found brown slime in my filter? can that cause all the water levels to go up? I have no fish but i do have two plants in my tank, I think it may be a root that got into the sponge?

My filter doesn't have carbon pad, should I get noodles? do i need carbon pad? ( i ask the staff and they said that i don't need one)

All the water levels went high even ammonia, I done 50% change of water and brought ammonia fixer. (Our water supplies has organic matter due to the recent work in our area) My filter is 101f Maxi Aqua one and it's second hand.


Should I be worried that my fake plant is fading colour? should i remove it? can that also contribute to spike water levels.
 

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I can only really answer some of your questions.

Rotting organic matter can cause ammonia, nitrates, etc to go up. As they release nitrogen when they decompose, it turns into ammonia and is oxidized to nitrite and nitrate.

You do not need carbon.

I don't really think ammonia fixer or whatever is necessary. You only have plants right now. Water changes will be your best friend to remove ammonia. Unless you are cycling, then may you should leave the ammonia to allow the beneficial bacteria to establish.

Is your tank cycled? Ammonia can go up fast, and rotting plants would cause it, because as you may notice, 0.5 ppm is already high. Nitrates are considered high around maybe 50 ppm? So 100-200x less ammonia is needed to be dangerous. It would be strange if your nitrates spiked. What exactly are the results of your test?

I don't know about the fading of plastic plants. However, I know plastic is made mostly of carbon and hydrogen I believe, so doubtful it would contain enough nitrogen to cause any impact on your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels.
 

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I agree with Austin. Prime is all the ammonia fixer you should need. Are there fish in the tank? If so, keep the ammonia below 0.50ppm and use Prime to detoxify what remains, every other day at least.

I also would like to know the numbers for your tests, and what size tank and how you're stocked.
 

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All the water level have seem to go down except for ammonia, I have tested the water last night my results was
Ph:7.0
Ammonia: 8.0ppm
High range Ph: 7.4
Nitrite No2: 0ppm
Nitrate No3 5.0ppm

what should i do? should i do a water change
 

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Yes, do a water change. Ammonia that high will stall the cycle. You goal is to keep the ammonia at 4ppm until it converts to nitrites and then to nitrates in 24 hours (leaving no ammonia) for at least 3 days.
 

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Do you have live plants or fake? Have you ttested your tap water for ammonia and nitrites? Your ammonia and nitrites are really high for having no fish in the tank.
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I have 2 plants at the moment in the tank I have tested the tap water for ammonia and it was 0ppm.

Just wondering do I need to have soil in my tank for my plants? I just have 2 plants that has gravel ? I saw all lot of brown slime which I believe it was brown algae growing
 

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Should i remove the diatoms? I done 50% change of water and added the ammonia lock, the ammonia is still 8pmm...

What did I do wrong? am I pose to have soil in my fish tank? right now I two plants that is in gravel?
 

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No you do not need soil. Soil will initially add to ammonia levels. Plants don't /need/ it to thrive. However, they do need proper lights. They also need nutrients, etc. if they are new plants, an initial die-off is expected. This would raise ammonia as they decay. Remove what you can. Diatoms should be fine to leave if you want. Feel free to remove them if you desire. Just be patient with cycling. As it continues, the ammonia will go down. I know little about cycling so you should probably follow the advise of reducing ammonia to 4.0 ppm. If you're at 8.0 ppm, do a water change. Again, if you don't have fish you're doing nothing wrong at all. It'll all fix in at most a few weeks, if you follow cycling procedures.
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I done water change 1 day ago, should i do another one? since the ammonia is still high
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Sweet, what type of plant ferlizer I should get? I trim some of the yellow leaves off but one plants seem to be Having trouble, I do have a light on for about 8 hours a day. Thanks you for helping me out, its just been so frustrating to get the cycle going since I don't have any fish at the moment
 

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If your ammonia is above 4ppm. Do a water change until the ammonia levels are atleast below 4ppm. Like literally, remove 50% of your tank water and add new water. If there is still ammonia that is too high, remove another 50% and add new. Continue to do this until ammonia levels are down.
 

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Brown slime algea will run its course in a couple monthes or so, will be out-competed by green algea usually.
 

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Sweet, what type of plant ferlizer I should get? I trim some of the yellow leaves off but one plants seem to be Having trouble, I do have a light on for about 8 hours a day. Thanks you for helping me out, its just been so frustrating to get the cycle going since I don't have any fish at the moment
I vote seachem fluorish as well. It's effective, economical, and seachem has a good reputation. Also, not only the length of light is important, you also need to consider how much, the type of plants, and what spectrum. Some plants will simply die away in low light conditions. Others will love it. All plants need about 6500K spectrum; I like 6700K.
 

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I can't find any seachem fluorish near my area :( the ammonia has finally gone down to 4ppm YAY...
 
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