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Re: New pond syndrome!

Subject: Re: New pond syndrome!
by Otter on 4/9/2009 19:36:54

I think you're doing the right thing. Monitor the water quality carefully, and do a partial water change if anything gets too high. Aim to reduce the high reading to maybe half of what you consider acceptable. You want to keep the reading somewhat high to feed the bacteria, but not so high that it poisons your fish.

I've never used it, but some zeolite might help you keep the water quality up while your bacteria are catching up with the load.

In hindsight, it might have been a good idea to cycle the new media with ammonia before installing the filter. If you happen to own a time machine, go back and do that. Otherwise, just keep checking the water until the new filter kicks in.