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  1. Update: After 5 weeks my nitrates have gone back up to 40, so it looks like I'll be replacing it once a month.
  2. I just looked on their website but there's no information whatsoever on how it works. It says it's both mechanical and chemical filtration, so there must be something in it that sucks up the nitrates. I read a lot of the reviews on Amazon before deciding to get it. There were some negative reviews, a few people saying it did nothing at all, and at least one person who said it caused problems in their tank so they took it out. But the vast majority of the reviews were positive, including people who were using it on their reef tanks. To keep a reef tank you basically need to keep your nitrates at zero or you are in for a world of hurt, so to see those people endorsing it made me feel good about giving it a try. If something is safe for corals, that's proof enough for me that it's safe for my goldfish. It doesn't say how often to change it. I figure I'll just keep testing my nitrates and if I see them creeping back up again I'll know it's time to change it. I will keep this thread updated as time goes on and let you guys know how the tank does with it.
  3. This thing is amazing. My nitrates were always in the 40-80 range (I can't tell the difference between those two colors on the chart to save my life, can anyone tell them apart??) before my weekly 80% water change. I've had a lot of problems recently with floaty fish and just other general health issues, and figured my high nitrates might have something to do with it. So I started looking online for products to reduce nitrates. Everything from $300 nitrate filters to $150 reactor setups, to this product: http://www.amazon.com/Deep-Blue-Professional-ADB41005-Nitrate/dp/B004HSUO20/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top?ie=UTF8 It's a big blue filter pad, and I was skeptical that it would actually do anything, despite all the positive reviews. But I figured I should try it before I started spending $100's on fancy reactor systems. I cut it so that it fits in my AC 500, and conveniently enough it now takes up the exact same space as the sponge that comes with the filter, so that was a plus. I tested my nitrates before I did my water change and added this thing, and they were at their usual 40-80 ppm. I'm on week three now, just tested my water before my water change, and my nitrates are at 5 ppm. Five. :| And I wouldn't be surprised if they're at zero when I test it next week. This is the best thing that has ever happened to my tank, I can't recommend it enough. GO BUY ONE RIGHT NOW.
  4. Thank you! You know what's funny is she was mostly red/orange when I got her. Then about 8 months ago she started losing the orange very suddenly. I would say she turned completely white in less than three weeks. I think she's even cuter now. This is what she used to look like:
  5. I got tired of not having anything in the tank, so I put some fake plants in there. Sorry if the quality is bad, it looks amazing on my phone but not so amazing on youtube. : /
  6. I'm due to treat my 135 gallon with Prazi. But I was wondering if instead of doing the water change on day 5, day 12, etc., can I just add carbon to the filter instead, to remove the Prazi? I live in southern CA and we are in an extreme drought situation and I don't want to use any more water than I absolutely have to.
  7. I'm apparently very late to this party, I was extremely dismayed to find out that Metro Meds will no longer be available. I have a fish right now that had absolutely zero improvement with powdered Metro and Triple Sulpha in the water, and began to improve immediately when I started feeding him the Metro Meds. Does anyone have a recipe for a medicated gel food?
  8. T Glad he is accepting the Metro Meds and improving. Can you post a summary of all of the meds used for this treament and the duration for each? So far: Triple Sulfa - every day for 8 days (I have 2 packets left) Powdered Metro - every other day for 4 days. I discontinued the powdered Metro when I started him on the Metro Meds food. Metro Meds - 4 days Epsom salt - 8 days
  9. Just wanted to give an update, I started him on Metro Meds on Saturday night (11/22), and he has improved a lot since then. He's not upside-down anymore and he can swim around normally. He is still pineconed but it is slowly getting better. I'm going to finish off the 10-day course of triple-sulfa, and I still have him at 1/2 tsp of epsom.
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