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I have two issues going on...please Help! I have a 46 Gallon tank for which I was cycling for two months. I cycled with 2 giant Danios and a few items from an old 10 gallon that I had prior. Since the beginning I have always had cloudy water that has never cleared up. During the process I had my tank water tested a few times before adding more fish. As soon as I got the OK, I started to slowly add the rest of the fish I have now. When I got my last two fish which were the Pictus Catfish I decided to start dealing with the cloudy water. I received instruction from a petsmart employee to go ahead and do a 25% water change and change the carbon (which was due) and rinse the filter with the aquarium water in hopes that would help. BIG mistake.. a few days later the water was still not clear and I noticed a few of my fish having ICH spots (both catfish and the two danios). I immediately called a reputable aquarium shop and they instructed me to come in and purchase Quick Cure and Cycle and do a few water changes in between medicating and raise the temp slowly to 82. I added the Quick cure and the Cycle and began the process of ridding ICH from my tank. I came to find out that Cycle was a waste of money because the Quick Cure would cancel the bacteria out and Quick cure was extremely dangerous for myself as well as my fish. 5 days later I decided to stop the quick cure all together, invest in a test kit and start educating myself about water parameters and fish disease. I than tested my water and the parameters are as follows and has been for 3 days... PH is 7.0..Ammonia is 0.25..and Nitrates is 10. I have done several 25%-30% water changes and have not been able to get rid of the Ammonia. I have not fed my fish in 2 days. All are doing good, even the two that still have ICH. I looked at my filter today and the sponge insert turned blue from the Quick Cure. I have not replaced the Carbon (which was removed while medicating). Can it be that the sponge still has the medication in it, still canceling the bacteria? What can I do about the sponge without going backwards again? should I put the carbon back in? Any other suggestions to try and get the ammonia down?..Sorry so long!