Cinnebuns Posted June 11, 2022 Share Posted June 11, 2022 A couple of days ago I had an ammonia spike. It was minor and quickly resolved, but I see an opportunity for learning from it. The warning signs to test for me is a couple of snails went above the water line. I'm pretty confident I know what caused it. I keep 2 spawning mops in the tank for pulling panda cory eggs. I have had the same 2 for a few months. For no real 100% clear reason, I decided I should replace one of them and made a new one. I have a feeling these mops had collected a good amount of bacteria. This made me wonder a couple of things. First off, if I were to replace something like this in the future, is there a way to mitigate the incoming spike? Maybe if I add some more media to the filters it will make it more stable? Right now all that's in them in aquaclear sponges. There's def space for more media I just never knew if I needed it or not. Maybe I do. This also got me wondering something about the cycle. I know that bacteria continues to build up even after a tank is considered cycled and that a seasoned tank is different. This tank has been set up about 6 months. Is there anything the tank develops over time to help prevent stuff like this? I know a seasoned tank means micro organisms and different types of bacteria build up. Does this help stabilize for times like this? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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