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Old 09-05-2008, 06:55 AM   #1
 
Ammonia Spike

I have been treating my tank for over 18 days for ick. I stopped treatment because of my ammonia spike (good bacteria kiled off). Prior to this I had been doing a 20% water change every 3 days. My ammonia level has not changed, it is at 1.0 My local fish store told me to not do any more water changes because of the huge amounts I had been doing, and it would just delay the ammonia spike (nitrites are 0, nitrates 15). The fish are breathing a little bit heavy; however I don't know what to do. Would it be ok to wait a couple more days with a 1.0 ammonia level? or do another water change? Just need help, don't know which way to turn. Thanks!
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:16 AM   #2
 
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When was the last time you did a water change? And how much? I wouldn't do more then one a day, and don't change too much water. But I think its pretty important to get that ammonia down a little.
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Old 09-05-2008, 07:22 AM   #3
 
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The last water change I did was (20%) on Tuesday, 2 September 2008.

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Old 09-05-2008, 07:25 AM   #4
 
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You'll be fine!!

When I have ammonia spikes I do daily water changes of 15-20% you haven't done one for a few days so I would do like 20-25% water change. And do one tomorrow too if the ammonias back up.
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Old 09-05-2008, 08:36 AM   #5
 
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Is this the same tank you posted on yesterday? There is really only one question to answer. Do you want dead fish or live fish? It matters little how long it takes for your tank to reproduce the bacteria needed if the fish are all dead. Your ammonia test will dictate when water changes are needed.
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Old 09-05-2008, 09:00 AM   #6
 
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I'm new at this hobby. Your advice is well taken. Thank you very much. Water changes, water changes, water changes.

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Old 09-05-2008, 03:47 PM   #7
 
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Have you tested the water parameters of your tap water?
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