I'm new here! I love my lil fish and I want to do the right thing and take care of them unlike so many people that get an aquarium, and just leave it and feed the fish.....My father for example....I feel so bad for his fish.
Ok so here is what I've got :D
10 gallon tank
2plant/rock structures (fake)
1 bubbler stone in the back
filter of course
tropical fish heater
seashells on the floor (thoroughly cleaned)
2 guppies, and 1 live bearer fish that is orange colored with black fins (the name escapes me ATM)
So i cycled the tank a month and half or so ago, and I had 2 more guppies than I do right now. Well, we moved and I set the tank back up. Two days later, I lost a guppy. About a weak after that, I lost another one. Both would go to the top, breath pretty vigorously and then go sit at the bottom. They wouldn't eat or anything.
After I noticed their behavior, I immediately started water changes and checked the water for ammonia. Sure enough, it was pretty high...around 2. 25% change every day. Cleaned out the rocks a bit....Didn't help. I lost them both.
Now I still have the 2 guppies and the one orange one and the three of them seem ok, but oddly enough, the ammonia level will NOT drop down below .5. they seem to be ok in this water, but I want it down to 0. I want them to have a healthy home, not one that burns them.
So the question is, what aside from water changes can I do to get that bacteria to start breaking down that ammonia better? I only have 3 small fish, I'm surprised that the three of them can keep the levels that high specially since before the move, 5 fish were just fine and had a PPM of 0.
I have a feeling I killed off the bacteria in the filter during the move (and probably elsewhere) so my tank is recycling but its been about a month now.
What do you think I can do? I'm kind of out of ideas at this point....
Thanks everyone for reading, and your help!