Hello all! So... pretty simple question, but getting really annoying in one of my tanks! The filter media in my 10g guppy fry tank gets dirty really fast. During the WC last weekend, I rinsed the filter media and scraped off some of the fish poop/dead plant/etc that the filter picked up because it was impeding the water flow in the filter. I usually have to do this about once a month. THEN... my water parameters go haywire; ammonia goes from 0 to 0.25-0.5, nitrite goes from 0 to 0.5, and nitrate doesn't climb for about a week (its at 10-15 after the wc, and is still the same when I do my WC the following week). I know I am creating a mini cycle every time I "clean" the filter, but I'm not sure how to prevent it. My issue is I need to get rid of some of the gunk to to let the water pass through, but when I get rid of it my BB goes bye-bye. Any suggestions? How does everyone else manage this?