Well I started to write a question two days ago about something unrelated when I ran my water tests to post the info. Imagine my shock when my beautifully running tank had jumped up to 2.0 ppm ammonia.
So I did a 50% water change, waited a few hours and did a 25% change. Tested it again and it was about .6 ppm.
Waited until yesterday, changed out 50% and again 25%. Still about .5 ppm
Ran out last night an bought jungle labs fungus clear (yes, poor betta has it), and ammonia clear.
Added 1/2 tab to my 5 gallon of ammnia clear, waited an hour and added the other 1/2. (1 tab for a ten gallon, but for high ammonia treatment double the amount is ok to use- per the package)
Waited an hour and added 1/2 a tab of fungus clear (can be used with other treatment products per package).
I tested the water before adding the 1/2 tab of fungus clear and the ammonia level is down to .25 ppm.
My Nitrate reading is still 15-20 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
My tank has been set up for 3 weeks, I've added cycle to it as directed and done water changes on average 2xs a week.
So now what? Do I need to add cycle to the tank? When I did my massive water changes for the ammonia spike I only added cycle the first time.
I know you are all going to probably say this was a normal ammonia spike for the tank to cycle, but I'm still really pissed becuase I was told by my lfs that the tank had already cycled by my water readings. *sigh*
Hearing/reading is just not the same as experiencing. What else should I do, and what else can I expect now?
Thanks for the help. :)