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High Ammonia Levels - Stressing me out more than it is the fish!
Old 11-26-2009, 02:20 PM   #41
 
There are 2 different kind of ammonia test kits. One with Nessler Reagent (1 bottle) which goes from clear to yellow.
Another one is Salicylate method (2 bottles) which goes from yellow to green.
Thus depending on which one, will show different colors.

As Byron stated, high ammonia at pH lower than 7.4, no need to panic.

As far as levels increasing, cant say for sure but DO NOT vacuum gravel nor disturb the filter during such mishap. By disturbing, you are probably reducing amount of benefial bacteria.

Simple, small but frequent water change and controlled feeding shoud reestablish this tank with time.
As long as nitrite is registering, tank is going toward right direction.

Just have patience and try, if possible, to keep pH lower than 7.4, until at least ammonia is well under control. What is pH of your tap?
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Old 11-26-2009, 03:18 PM   #42
 
My Ammonia test goes from yellow (0) to A very dark green (8.0)

I scanned the card I have to illustrate this (colors are a bit off from the scan but I think the point gets across that in my test kit, golden is good)


pH of my tap is 7.6, same as my tank. I've always shied away from messing with pH as I know done incorrectly it could really stress out my fish!
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Old 11-26-2009, 03:36 PM   #43
 
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That's explained. So with this same test kit, the one scanned, your tap water is yellow but the tank is dark green, correct? Just want to ensure this is so.

Agree with previous advice, monitor and do pwc as this works through.

Byron.
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Old 11-26-2009, 03:38 PM   #44
 
yep! you got it byron :)

And yep, I'm definitely monitoring them and am ready to do a PWC if needed right away.
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:36 PM   #45
 
Well, its definitely cycling!

Tests have my ammonia at a little less than .05 right now for ammonia. about 1 for nitrites and 5 for nitrates. I'm quite amazed at the progression from last week to this week to be honest!

Of course been monitoring the fish, still no signs of stress, still have healthy appetite and very colorful. Been doing my Stability bio-additive every day still, and will until ammonia and nitrites are down. Based on these readings, it doesn't seem to be hindering my progress at all.

Thanks everyone again for all of the help you've provided. Just wanted to chime in and let those of you watching the thread know the status!
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Old 12-05-2009, 06:45 PM   #46
 
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im glad to hear you tank is finally starting to complete its cycle!!
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:37 PM   #47
 
For the second time! LOL
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Old 12-06-2009, 12:06 AM   #48
 
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isn't it awesome when you get a detectable level of something besides ammonia??? I know the feeling of your tank showing signs of cycling...because I just went through it myself : ) and afterwards, there's nothing like a nice, unquestionably yellow vial for ammonia.
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Old 12-06-2009, 02:34 AM   #49
 
Haha yes, I felt like such a dork when nitrites stopped being just baby blue and started turning pink/purple.

What was funnier is I got excited and rushed to show my fiance, who just looked at me with a blank stare as I showed him the vial. Number 1, he likes fish but leaves the science to me, and didn't really understand the significance of it. Number 2 - he's color blind lol

Glad you're ammonia problems are behind you, too!
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Old 12-06-2009, 10:50 AM   #50
 
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LOL sounds like my hubby, he loves the tanks and loves watching them but leaves anything else to me and on the new one's he kept going like "is it ready yet? LOOKS ready don't it" and I'd say like "Naw its only reading 0.25 yet" and I gotta stare back and he'd ask next day is it reading YET llol....
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