02-06-2014, 02:10 PM
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Thank you both.
Actually my tank has been set up for quite some time (3 years). About 8 months ago, I started having ammonia spikes for unknown reasons. The tank is not overstocked, the filter is twice the necessary size, no one has died and gone undiscoverd and I am the only one who feeds the tank, so no over feeding.
About 8 months ago, I started having some deaths. When I tested the water I found an alarming amount of ammonia. I did nothing, waiting for the tank to recycle itself. Months went by with no change. I talked to an emplyee of petco (there are, sadley, no independent shops where I live). The suggested the Amquel (plus) I was using was binding the ammonia, therefore starving the bacteria, and not allowing the biological filter to function properly. I switched to regular Amquel, and did some small water changes to rid the tank of the bound ammonia and allow bacteria to repopulate. Though the ammonia has reduced, it is still not at zero. I was thinking dosing with bacteria to repopulate.