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    I rinse out the sponges in my filters every other week. You should do it sooner as well before the filtering gets slowed down.

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    The 20ppm in a week is perfectly normal. However like others, I highly suggest a second filter on the tank. Even if its a small AC 20 to supplement the existing filter.

    You also say you rinse out the media in tank water every six weeks when the flow is impeded, this is way too long IMHO. All of my tanks (even my six gal edge) has two filters on it, and I rotate cleaning weekly. One filter one week, the other the next. Some may go longer, but I personally would never not clean a filter for more than two weeks.
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    +1 Greentoads41, thank you for sharing Aqadvisor as it's a really nice tool to help determine stocking conditions. I especially like how it gives you notes regarding the fish you selected and the recommended water change schedule %. Also like how easy you can change the equipment criteria to see what you actually should have to meet stocking without having to reselect the fish.
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    I agree with others that you should get another filter, or bigger filter, as it's recommended the filtration system should be 2x that of your tank volume.

    Also agree with cleaning your sponges earlier than later. If you're spacing out the cleaning for convenience, a second filter would be very helpful. If you know that in 6 weeks time the conditions of the sponges will impede the water flow may I suggest you start cleaning them every 4 weeks.

    What type of filter media are you currently housing in your AC50? I have two layers of sponge (replaced the carbon) and alternate cleaning them every month or so. I also have a sponge mounted on the intake tube, also cleaned every month or so.

    20ppm for nitrates really isn't that bad just before a water change.
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    I have a sponge, Carbon/ammonia remover mix and biological media. Just to clarify, six weeks is when the sponges just start to get grungy. It's not like at six weeks the filter stops flowing. Which is why I don't get how nitrates build up as fast as they do even if it's normal because my filter takes a really long time to actually get dirty, meaning that there can't be that much decaying waste in there. Would you say I should still clean it more often or is six weeks fine since it doesn't get dirty until then?
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    It can't hurt to clean your sponge more often than you already do. Six weeks is a long time to not clean it so doing it every 3-4 weeks would be better. If you notice it ever getting dirty or decreasing flow before that then I would suggest you do it even more frequently. If you are changing water every week anyway like you should then it isn't hard to clean the sponge a little bit too.

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