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How do you all keep your water so CLEAN!?
Old 02-21-2012, 09:49 PM   #21
 
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I have completed the second water change at about 30%. (the temperature has not changed much)

I cleaned the entire filter and changed the filter.

I also added a double dose of ammonia remover.


I am going to wait about 20-30 more minutes before I take another reading.

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Old 02-21-2012, 09:50 PM   #22
 
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Read this article top to bottom. You have no idea how much it will help you.
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/

Yes, feed at the most once a day, I normally feed them every other day.. Also, remove any food that hasn't been eaten after a few minutes, as it will turn to waste and build up the ammonia levels.

I am no chemist, but basically it is a process. The Ammonia will turn to Nitrate (another harmful chemical) which will eventually turn to Nitrite, which is not good, but not as bad as Nitrate or Ammonia. Read the article I posted and you will get a good, detailed answer about this.


Edit: I just saw your aquarium and the descirption of it on your profile, you say that the temperature is "72 degrees in the morning
79 degrees right before bed"
Not okay, you need to have a more stable temperature then that.. you have a heater right..?
I read that earlier but was not able to do anything until I got home. Let's just say I got a lot of work to do before this tank is stable.
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:53 PM   #23
 
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Stop cleaning your filter! You need to let biology do its thing and let the good forms of bacteria grown on your filter in order for it to start killing the ammonia..
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Old 02-21-2012, 09:57 PM   #24
 
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Changing the filter is going to restart the cycle! The good bacteria will be present in the greatest amounts in the filter.
DO NOT CLEAN THE FILTER

You need to be doing water changes every day, every other day is NOT an option, if you want things to survive then every day is a MUST.

Look at getting some fast growing plants and that will help you no end in the cycle, the plants will remove the ammonia and nitrates.

You need a heater if you do not have one already as the temperature swings will only stress the fish and weaken their immune systems.

8ppm of ammonia, is likely to have caused irreversible damage to the fish already, which will reduce their life span.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:07 PM   #25
 
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That tetra filter is primarily a mechanical filter designed to clean debris. I has only a minimal biological impact. Pick up a sponge filter. They have far more surface area for the bacteria than your Tetra and they are nearly maintenance free. All of my tanks are technically overstocked but I run a lot of biological filtration and some mechanical if necessary and my Ammonia rarely exceeds .25ppm. I like the sponge filters that use the twin sponges, they are inexpensive, not to obtrusive in the tank and work very well. They come in 2 sizes and the larger one is what I use in my 10g and 2 of them in my 20g. In the mean time keep doing water changes, water changes, water changes.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:15 PM   #26
 
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So I need to get a sponge filter. Do they have external sponge filters? I will have to look.

I removed one of the snails. I am keeping one of them unless it becomes too much of an issue.

Thanks to all of you for the advice. I will post the next ammonia reading in a second.

Where do you all take your sample for the water from? The top? The filter? The bottom?

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:21 PM   #27
 
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Do you have a petco or Petsmart near your house? If so, check out their live plants. Look for some super easy, fast growing plants like Water sprite which can just float on top of the water but will use up a lot of the Ammonia, Nitrates etc... Other easy plant for a small aquarium would be Pennywort, Java Moss, Java Fern, Even a Moss ball would help right now. A heavily planted tank will reduce any negative effects of the "cycle" process.

At this point, I think that would be your best bet in conjunction with the regular water changes. Also, test your source water and get a good water conditioner like Prime. Good job for being proactive for the health of your fish. You will get this all sorted out. It seems impossible in the beginning but it will get easier.
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Old 02-21-2012, 10:31 PM   #28
 
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Do you have a petco or Petsmart near your house? If so, check out their live plants. Look for some super easy, fast growing plants like Water sprite which can just float on top of the water but will use up a lot of the Ammonia, Nitrates etc... Other easy plant for a small aquarium would be Pennywort, Java Moss, Java Fern, Even a Moss ball would help right now. A heavily planted tank will reduce any negative effects of the "cycle" process.

At this point, I think that would be your best bet in conjunction with the regular water changes. Also, test your source water and get a good water conditioner like Prime. Good job for being proactive for the health of your fish. You will get this all sorted out. It seems impossible in the beginning but it will get easier.
I can only go to the pet store tomorrow because they are closed now I almost wish Walmart sold that kind of stuff hahaha.

I just took another Ammonia reading

Ammonia Level: 4.0ppm

So it got cut in half.....I am going to probably do one more water change tonight (Should I wait a certain amount of time!?) The temp hasnt changed at ALL.

Also I cannot find Prime at Super Pet. I will try Pet Smart.

Where do you all take your sample for the water from? The top? The filter? The bottom?

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:39 PM   #29
 
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PM me with your address. Ill send you some Hornwort to help suck up the ammonia. No you dont have to wait to change more water as long as temp and PH the same.

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Old 02-21-2012, 10:42 PM   #30
 
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PM me with your address. Ill send you some Hornwort to help suck up the ammonia.
If you feel it necessary. I can go to the store tomorrow before your package would arrive. I really appreciate the offer though.
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