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fish aquarium ammonia why wont it go down???
Old 03-02-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
 
fish aquarium ammonia why wont it go down???

Ok for the pass days i been having problems with ammonia in my month and a half old 3gal tank, 3 Days ago i bought a api freshwater test kit and when i tested for ammonia it readed 8.0 ppm So i called my local fishstore and they gave me prime which said it will take care of it but for the pass 2 days i been giving a dose which is 6 drops with a 25% and a 50% water change and it still reads on the dark side which is 8.0 ppm..


I would like too get this too normal because i don't want it too kill my fish which i have 4 in there now which is 2 neons tetras which are very small maybe like under a inch one of those been in there sense i got the tank, And the other one just got put in 3days ago which i thought everything was good till i got the test kit.. There 2 other gold tetas in there which one is about a inch which been in there sense i got the tank and i added the other one with the other neon tetra..

I know i shouldve waited too put more fish in but i didn't have the kit at the time...

I also want too mention i lost about 4 other fish the pass month in the tank but one was because it didn't take the water temp well when i first put him in and also i got most of the fish at walmart except those 2 fish i got at the fish store 3days ago.

But the walmart fish was 2 fish that's in the tank now which is the neon tetra and the glow tetra which still hanging on, And the other 4 that died was 1 neon that died as soon as i put him in the water and 2 glow tetras which died about 3 weeks after i got the tank, and lately about a week ago a sucker fish which was fine than i found him on his side breather hard and not moving and died about a hour later:( He was really active.


So hopefully i could get this problem fix but i herd if it was 8.0 all the fish would be dead by now so i don't know..


I also have another 10gal cycling with 3 zebra dianos sense 4 days ago and they doing really well and everything is testing good, And i was thinking of putting the 3gal fish in that right now but i know they probably wont take the cycle well and die overnight.. I have a empty 5gal also but not sure what too do because i herd tetra neon's ain't a good cycling fish.


Should i just keep doing 25 too 50% water changes everyday and add prime?


Thanks.


Also this is the tank which i thought was nice at first but i hate it now which why i went and got a 10gal for my other fish and hopefully after the cycle i can put the 3gal fish in that one.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/3-Gallon-A...m-Kit/13448744

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Old 03-02-2011, 04:33 PM   #2
 
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Ok for the pass days i been having problems with ammonia in my month and a half old 3gal tank, 3 Days ago i bought a api freshwater test kit and when i tested for ammonia it readed 8.0 ppm So i called my local fishstore and they gave me prime which said it will take care of it but for the pass 2 days i been giving a dose which is 6 drops with a 25% and a 50% water change and it still reads on the dark side which is 8.0 ppm..


I would like too get this too normal because i don't want it too kill my fish which i have 4 in there now which is 2 neons tetras which are very small maybe like under a inch one of those been in there sense i got the tank, And the other one just got put in 3days ago which i thought everything was good till i got the test kit.. There 2 other gold tetas in there which one is about a inch which been in there sense i got the tank and i added the other one with the other neon tetra..

I know i shouldve waited too put more fish in but i didn't have the kit at the time...

I also want too mention i lost about 4 other fish the pass month in the tank but one was because it didn't take the water temp well when i first put him in and also i got most of the fish at walmart except those 2 fish i got at the fish store 3days ago.

But the walmart fish was 2 fish that's in the tank now which is the neon tetra and the glow tetra which still hanging on, And the other 4 that died was 1 neon that died as soon as i put him in the water and 2 glow tetras which died about 3 weeks after i got the tank, and lately about a week ago a sucker fish which was fine than i found him on his side breather hard and not moving and died about a hour later:( He was really active.


So hopefully i could get this problem fix but i herd if it was 8.0 all the fish would be dead by now so i don't know..


I also have another 10gal cycling with 3 zebra dianos sense 4 days ago and they doing really well and everything is testing good, And i was thinking of putting the 3gal fish in that right now but i know they probably wont take the cycle well and die overnight.. I have a empty 5gal also but not sure what too do because i herd tetra neon's ain't a good cycling fish.


Should i just keep doing 25 too 50% water changes everyday and add prime?


Thanks.
hey there welcome to the forums!!!


yes yes keep doing 50% water changes daily and add prime.Have you ever thought about gettting a bigger tank? their more stable you know...

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Old 03-02-2011, 04:48 PM   #3
 
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hey there welcome to the forums!!!


yes yes keep doing 50% water daily changes and add prime. What do you use to measure your water parameters?
thanks! :)


You mean tests? I use a kit i got 3days ago which is called api freshwater master test kit which tests ph high range ph and ammonia nh3/nh4 and nitrite no2 and no3.

I was using 5 tests in one strip quick dip but herd those wasn't good


The water i also use is tap water but i put them in jugs and leave them sit and i tested thoes for a ammonia and even my tab water and they tested fine which is 0ppm yellow color.


Heres the kit that i got Api Freshwater Master Kit | Aquarium Supplies | PetSolutions


Also about feeding them when should i feed them awhile i work on getting this ammonia taken care of? I herd its not good too feed them when its this high but i also don't want too starve them either. I gave them a pinch of flakes in the morning which all the fish took a good bit of bites so at least they are eating. But one fish is shakeing his head sometimes which is one of the new glow fish i put in couple days ago but all others are not doing it.
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Old 03-02-2011, 04:59 PM   #4
 
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thanks! :)


You mean tests? I use a kit i got 3days ago which is called api freshwater master test kit which tests ph high range ph and ammonia nh3/nh4 and nitrite no2 and no3.

I was using 5 tests in one strip quick dip but herd those wasn't good


The water i also use is tap water but i put them in jugs and leave them sit and i tested thoes for a ammonia and even my tab water and they tested fine which is 0ppm yellow color.


Heres the kit that i got Api Freshwater Master Kit | Aquarium Supplies | PetSolutions


Also about feeding them when should i feed them awhile i work on getting this ammonia taken care of? I herd its not good too feed them when its this high but i also don't want too starve them either. I gave them a pinch of flakes in the morning which all the fish took a good bit of bites so at least they are eating. But one fish is shakeing his head sometimes which is one of the new glow fish i put in couple days ago but all others are not doing it.
all I know is that your readings are too high they will kill your fish so do a 50% water changes everyday atleast those levels of ammonia/ nitrites/ nitrates are high to the point that your fish are fighting to survive. that test kit is the one we all use here so its the best one out there.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:04 PM   #5
 
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Prime does not remove the ammonia it just detoxifies it into ammonium, so it will still read on your kit. But I don't understand why it would still read so high if you're doing water changes unless your tap water has that much ammonia in it. You should test it but keep the glass of water out over night before you do.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:12 PM   #6
 
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all I know is that your readings are too high they will kill your fish so do a 50% water changes everyday at least those levels of ammonia/ nitrites/ nitrates are high to the point that your fish are fighting to survive. that test kit is the one we all use here so its the best one out there.
Ya in the morning i did a 50% change than added prime and i just tested it again and it still reading the same..

Ya the 2 fish i had for a month in it are big fighters it seems, Not sure about the 2 new ones tho :\

I hear prime makes the ammonia non toxic for the fish will that keep the fish going till the ammonia gets under controlled?

Every morning im going to do a 50% and add prime till the ammonia goes down but for the pass 2 days it seems like its not doping at all..

Also what should i do about feeding? Should i still give them a small pinch of flake food 1once a day? Before i was giving them like 2 small pinchs a day but than saw the readings was high saw i cut it down too once a day.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:15 PM   #7
 
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Prime does not remove the ammonia it just detoxifies it into ammonium, so it will still read on your kit. But I don't understand why it would still read so high if you're doing water changes unless your tap water has that much ammonia in it. You should test it but keep the glass of water out over night before you do.

Ya i don't understand it either:(

I tested the jugs of water that i put my tap water in and they read 0 ppm, But will try the glass of water and see what it reads.
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:16 PM   #8
 
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Prime indeed turns Ammonia into Ammonium which is relatively harmless.

Those readings are quite high... I agree that you should test your tap water.

I would go with 1 small pinch a day, and pick one day a week to not feed them.
Maybe someone in your house has been sneaking and feeding the fish?
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Old 03-02-2011, 05:22 PM   #9
 
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thats too weird why would your ammonia be that high after such a water change? do 50% change in the morning and at night its a small tank so it wont be difficult at all just keep doing that until you figure it out...

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Old 03-02-2011, 05:23 PM   #10
 
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Once a day should do, but just be slow with the feeding and only a little at a time, sometimes I don't even notice how much I put in. The ammonium shouldn't harm your fish.
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