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Prime will cause a false ammonia reading on your api test kit.Prime works great though!!

I do 40-50% water changes every 7-10 days in my Adult/breeder tanks depending on fish load.If it takes 2 water changes a week to keep the nitrates down, there are either too many fish or overfeeding.I hear from many people that overloading a tank is fine as long as you do massive/many wc but you have to think when a problem happens such as a power outage,the overloaded tank will have a much larger ammonia spike and not enough 02.

Adding another filter will not help with Nitrates.Getting rid of the big plecos was the best thing for sure.If you want an algae eater that does not get that big get a bushynose pleco.
 
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