Hi Craig! From your previous post I suppose you're still cycling the tank and don't have any fish yet?
If so then you don't have to do water change unless the cycle is fully completely.
And cleaning the pads should be done like once every 2 weeks, not really necessary to be done weekly.
Last thing is the ammonia, it's very poisonous and 0.25ppm is enough to consider toxic. Doing water change won't really help, you should add more ammonia(to 4ppm) and wait for 24 hours then test for the water again. If ammonia still present that means your tank is not cycled
1ppm ammonia is very bad news. Fortunately as your pH is so low the bulk of the ammonia is in a less toxic form, but the truth is there should never be any detectable ammonia in a fully cycled tank, correctly stocked and maintained.
I'm so sorry for the late reply ! I have had internet issues and i can't seem to log in on my phone !
I read your post though and have followed your advice to try and get to the bottom of the problem. I have been doing weekly water changes of 25% for the last 4 months and after my water levels being great for the first 2months of having my tank I became lazy and didn't perform tests on my water quality.
When i decided to do a test i found the results i previously posted. I have now managed to get my ammonia level down to 0.25 ppm.
I have changed my filter but managed to keep the same media and my tank water is circulating so much better. I'm hoping this will help also with my water quality.
My fish stock at the moment is 1 angel fish 4 silver dollars 1 porthole catfish 1 gibby pleco
My friend is taking my silver dollars and my angel fish for his 4ft tank as they will be better off in there than in my 3ft !
He is taking them in the morning so this should also help me get my water levels back on track !!
How much water should I be changing to help me fight my ammonia levels ?