05-14-2010, 02:05 AM
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Originally Posted by Fishhobbiest
HELP!! I have a 4 week ammonia tester that gives real time readings i did a 30% water change earlier today because I saw it said caution(.02), which is the 1st step up from none at all. I left and its been around 12 hours and I came home only to find my ammonia level has actually INCREASED! its now at stressed (.05)
Here is my aquarium.
10 gallon with 6 fish
water temp at 74-78 (having trouble keeping it steady i just moved the heater and knocked it outta whack but its maintaining between those temps)
2 Mollies (1.5" a piece)
3 Platies (1.5" a piece)
1 Pictus Catfish (2.2")
If my math is correct im still within the 1 inch of fish per gallon.
I just cant seem to get the ammonia level down. I thought the 30% water change would drop it. help please
Can do water changes every twelve hours if need be to lower ammonia levels.
Can reduce amount of foods and frequency of feedings to lower ammonia levels.
Would use a water conditioner such as PRIME that detoxifys ammonia from chloramines.
Feed fish tiny pinch (half dime size amount) every other day to help keep ammonia levels down.
If tank has been running for less than a month with fish, you may need to perform more frequent water changes until the biological filter has developed to a degree to support the fish you currently have.(see cycling a new aquarium)
Would not add any more fish until tank has (cycled)
Stay on top of testing.