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If you decide to add fish food, I’d only drop in a really tiny pinch. You have plenty of ammonia in there but let’s just see where you’re at a couple days before you leave before taking any action.Thanks so much El it’s a pleasure to have a sounding board and is much appreciated. This is the game plan for the moment 1. Test water a few times (since my wife is hounding me for testing every hour lol... I don’t really). throw some fish food in to keep a trace of ammonia in there before vacation. 2. Have a great vacation. 3. Come back to a fully cycled tank. 4. Be realistic do 100% wc and start over. This time I’ll trash the filter cartridge and try other media. Speaking of which I dunno if it was the TSS or what: but now the cartridge seems gunked up and water is flowing through the bypass. 5. Give Dr Tim’s One and Only a shot.
Rinse the media in some tank water or in dechlorinated water if it’s clogged. Even if you switch out the cartridge at a later date, leave it in for around a month with the new media before removing it completely. Removing it too soon before the new media has a chance to get seeded will result in a re-cycling your tank.