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Old 11-11-2008, 12:24 AM   #11
 
I cleaned out a BUNCH of gunk down below the bubbler....hopefully that'll help. So far even after a 50% water change (it got over 1 ppm again) i am still only down to .5 Hopefully it'll drop further by tomorrow...

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Old 11-16-2008, 12:50 PM   #12
 
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The sea shells will definitely raise your pH up to as much as about 8.0. That will make the ammonia more toxic than it would be at lower pH values but will not affect how much amonia is in the water. All of the dechlorinators work about equally well so don't worry too much about the brand name on the bottle. Some are more economical such as the Prime because it is so concentrated but they all work when used as directed. If you cut way back on feeding, you will probably have more success getting the ammonia down than if you don't. Many people use the API test kit but the nutrafin one works too.
You do want to clean up all the loose detritus in the tank but don't scrub things in a way that will remove any films they are starting to develop. The loose material on the bottom of the tank or down among the rocks is producing the ammonia by decaying so getting rid of it is a good thing to do.
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Old 11-17-2008, 01:42 AM   #13
 
UPDATE: So wierdest thing happened....I left the tank alone for 3 days.....no water changes just one feeding a day, and now, the ammonia levels are dropping :D I took the shells out a week ago, so that might have helped, but seems that stopping the water changes for whatever reason seems to be doing the job!

Thank you everyone for the info you've given me, its been a big help :D Hopefully I can get a few more fish soon!
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