I'm pretty new at breeding guppies, but I do a TON of research and learning a lot by experience.
Anyways, here is my problem. I set up my 20gal long guppy tank about a month ago. I let it cycle for about a week and a half with a filter and some water conditioners. I then added some cheap fish store guppies (the $1.25 ones) to help cycle.
After a month, I test the water with a liquid Ammonia kit and still find traces of Ammonia. (the paper with the kit says its 0.5-1) The test tube water is barely shade of yellow, and you usually have to hold it up to a white background to really see it. I've researched online, and basically learned, the less ammonia, the longer it takes your fish to die. Which isn't a good thing since it still contained the word "DIE" in it. Since I've had the aquarium set it, I have only had 1 female guppy parish.
I went out a bought a new filter cartridge that is supposed to rid ammonia, and I do 20% to 40% changes of water almost daily. (is that too much?) After a change, the water is great. But the next day results return to 'trace'.
I know any amount of ammonia is detrimental to my fish...
Does anyone have any recommendation on how to fight this ammonia? Thanks!