03-26-2012, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by rolo
I was thinking 2 males and 6 females. But back to my first post, why am I still getting that 0.50ppm of ammonia? My nitrites are 0ppm and my nitrates are at 5.0ppm which from what I've read is a healthy number. Why won't my ammonia hit 0? I am also using the API Freshwater Test Kit. And it's weird because 0.50ppm ammonia is also the reading of my tap water.
Quickly on the livebearers, I would only have males, they are more colourful. Females will be impregnated by males very early on unless they are separated soon by the breeder.
To the ammonia. You said earlier that your tap water has .5 ammonia, so that is where it is coming from. When this occurs, the ammonia should disappear after a couple days because the bacteria will take it up and plants will assimilate it even faster if you have live plants. The initial influx of ammonia at the water change can be handled by using a water conditioner that detoxifies ammonia. Big Al's does not; it only detoxifies chlorine and chloramine. There are several conditioners that handle ammonia, they will say so on the label. However, my first recommendation would be to get some live plants, particularly floating plants. They use a lot of ammonia as their nitrogen source, and with only .5 ammonia in the tap water sufficient plants should manage to deal with this within a day.