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post #1 of 11 Old 01-20-2010, 11:07 AM Thread Starter
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Today I got my first reading of ammonia at .5 ppm, So I did a partial water change of about 10 gallons out of my 29. Rechecked the water and still got .25 ppm. Do you think I should do another water change tonight?

Obviously 0 ammonia is best of for fish, what is the ideal amount of ammonia to keep in your tank that is reasonable? Is .25 ppm ok?

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post #2 of 11 Old 01-20-2010, 11:09 AM
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I would do your best to keep it at 0ppm...thats the best, how long after your water change did you wait to change your water? How far along in the cycle are you?
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post #3 of 11 Old 01-20-2010, 11:47 AM
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How many fish do you have in there, if its fully stocked you're probably going to be doing a lot of water changes!
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post #4 of 11 Old 01-20-2010, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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I am done with my cycle, I think the ammonia was from leftover food. I tested the water right after the water change and 30 minutes, should I retest tonight?

I have 3 swords and a dwarf gourami in the tank

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post #5 of 11 Old 01-20-2010, 01:54 PM
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I'm confused over these posts...you say you're done cycling but yet you have NH3 readings....that's sorta contradicting, in a cycled and stable tank you do not get these readings.
So if you say you're "done" hand the tank is stocked, I'd test again tonight and if it is 0.25 or more do another large w/c. And then keep on doing it till the days you'll read 0's every day in a row.

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post #6 of 11 Old 01-20-2010, 04:03 PM Thread Starter
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Does it matter if the test is for Nh4 and Nh3? Cuz that is what I have.

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post #7 of 11 Old 01-20-2010, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
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Ok so i guess my tank isnt cycled, now I understand what I missed when I was studying it the first time. Is it advisable to do multiple water changes in a day? Or should I just do one a day to keep the ammonia down?

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post #8 of 11 Old 01-20-2010, 04:13 PM
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nh3 is ammonia, nh4 is ammonium, the test kits show nh4 as nh3. nh4 however is not harmful to fish, but you have ammonia if your tank is not cycled. Ammonium is usually only present when ammonia "removing" chemicals are used, all these do is convert ammonia into ammonium.
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post #9 of 11 Old 01-21-2010, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Can I do multiple water changes in one day? Or should I only do one?

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post #10 of 11 Old 01-21-2010, 09:38 AM
IMO it's okay to do multiples in one day but depending on your bioload maybe one large one per day is all that is needed. your bb are going to catch up eventually hopefully soon, but until then...does your water conditioner treat ammonia as well (some don't, and only do chlorine and chloramine). I don't know how others feel about this but I'd almost just drop a couple mLs into the tank so that the ammonia converts to something benign for the fish.

i'd always suggest keeping ammonia at zero...even if trace amounts don't kill the fish, i wouldn't want them living in it.

ps. i will however add that i'd be testing the water multiple (probably three) times per day so that if there is really a spike, you can do a second water change that day

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