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i run a fluval fx5 on a 125 gallon freshwater setup i've been noticing more ammonia in my tank then i like lately so i'm wondering if i should try another media source


i currently have setup like this

top basket- carbon
middle basket-filter floss
bottom basket-fluval ceramic
 

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Ammonia with an FX5? What all do you have in the tank?

I would ditch the carbon in favor of more mechanical and biological filtration.
 

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i have a mixture of geophagus cichlids a severum and a couple plecos

i tried removing carbon but tank starts to smell i'm wondering if i should remove fluval ceramic and switch to bio rings ???
 

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the tank should not smell without the use of carbon. I think thats something worth looking in to, and I wonder if that has anything to do with the water quality issue.
 
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the tank should not smell without the use of carbon. I think thats something worth looking in to, and I wonder if that has anything to do with the water quality issue.

I moved 6 months ago and I noticed that the new town i moved to uses more chlorine in the water then my old one I talked to my lfs guy and he told me to just double up on stress coat when i do changes so thats what i do
 
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