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Old 11-18-2010, 07:20 PM   #1
 
high ammonia level

I have a 30 gallon bow front tank I have had for about four months now. My ammonia level has been at 8.0 since I have had the tank.

ph: 6.4
ammonia: 8.0
nitrite 0 ppm
nitrate 0ppm

Fish are all doing well, and readings have stayed stable. I use api freshwater master test kit. I am wondering if I am getting a false ammonia reading. I have tried lowering ammonia with chemicals but stopped doing this awhile ago because nothing was working. Just wondering if anyone had any thoughts.

stocking list:

2 platies
3 neon tetras
1 drarf gurami
3 guppies
6 rasbora
3 cory's

Any thoughtswould be appreciated.

thanks
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Old 11-18-2010, 08:17 PM   #2
 
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8.0??

Your fish won't live long with ammonia that high. Was the tank cycled before you added the fish? How often do you change the water and how much? Have you tested the tap water for ammonia?

Test your tap water and see what it reads and let us know.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:05 PM   #3
 
tap water is 1.0 ppm. cycled tank with three guppies which i still have. (4 months) I believe I am getting false reading because the test shows a bluish tint which does not match the color chart.
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Old 11-18-2010, 09:24 PM   #4
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Get a new liquid test kit (pref different brand), you might have a defective one or there might be something in the water that is having an adverse effect on the test.
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Old 11-19-2010, 05:17 AM   #5
 
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Which test kit are you using? The strips can be pretty inaccurate and cost a lot more in the long run.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:17 AM   #6
 
api liquid test kit.
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Old 11-19-2010, 08:45 AM   #7
 
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That's a pretty accurate kit. This might sound silly but did anyone wash the tank/gravel with ammonia based cleaner prior to setting it up?

My bf surprised me with a used tank that he cleaned with Windex INSIDE and out with the wet gravel in the tank. After two months of fishless cycle attempt with ammonia like yours and higher, he made this statement at the LFS:

" I don't know what could be wrong, I cleaned the tank twice with Windex"

Aaaaaarrrrggghhhh!!
Complete breakdown of tank, replace gravel, washed out with vinegar and water, rinsed like 100 times, reset up, two months later tank was cycled.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:37 AM   #8
 
Tank was bought new. rinsed tank and gravel with plain water. I have had the tank for about three months and fish seem happy and healthy. Still have the fish I cycled the tank with. bought three guppies the first week and two platies the second. I do a 30 percent water change a week along with dechlorinator and stress coat.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:51 AM   #9
 
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I figured it was a long shot but thought hey if it can happen to me...... LOL

I'm stumped about your issue. I've never seen a bluish tint for ammonia with the API kit and I've used it since the beginning.
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Old 11-19-2010, 10:56 AM   #10
 
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Tank was bought new. rinsed tank and gravel with plain water. I have had the tank for about three months and fish seem happy and healthy. Still have the fish I cycled the tank with. bought three guppies the first week and two platies the second. I do a 30 percent water change a week along with dechlorinator and stress coat.

Your fish would have died within 10 minutes of being in water with 8.0 ammonia, so you have ot have a faulty test kit. Just buy a new ammonia test, don't use strips!
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