Originally Posted by churong
Hi all, I'm new to the forums but needed to post somewhere to get help quick.
My gf and i have a 12g tank. We've had it for about 5-6 weeks now. We began by cycling with 4 zebra danios. And afterwards got a snail, 3 black skirts, 3 guppies, and 2 albino corys (I know you guys are going to tell me that that's too many fish for a tank that small, we just got over excited about getting new fish
We do at least 20% water change per week. But recently our fish have been acting weird and sluggish.
We went to the petsmart and got a water test since and they said the ammonia level has spiked very high. The fish have been lethargic and weird at times. We immediately bought ammo-lock (as advised by the petsmart staff) and did a 50% water change. Afterwards we used the ammo-lock but they were still acting weird. I been watching them every few hours to see if there's any changes in there status. I don't know what else to do but wait and do another water change in a day or two.
Thanks in advance guys.
Perform 50 percent water changes daily, or every other day, using a dechlorinator such as PRIME oe AMQUEL PLUS +. for the next ten days.
Reduce feedings to once every ,day or every other day, and only feed a tiny amount about half a dime size amount.
Don't clean the filter material in anything but dechlorinated water or old water you take out during water changes. Don't replace the filter cartridges until they begin to literally fall apart. If you are not overfeeding ,the filter material should not get too dirty.
See that only one person is feeding the fish.
By performing the 50 percent water change,you reduced the high ammonia level by one half. Could very well still be at toxic to lethal levels ,and thus my suggestion of performing the 50 percent water changes perhaps daily for the next ten days. Shouldn't be that much trouble for your size tank.
Ammonia burns the gills of the fish and once this happens,the damage cannot be reversed. Fish may survive or they may not .
In a cycled tank, the ammonia and nitrites must read zero all day ,every day and were it me,,I would perform another 50 percent water change now, followed by another tommorrow and then every other day as described.
You did not do the fishes any favors by stocking too many too soon ,but many others have done likewise.
You do not have a test kit as evidenced by your taking water to fish store for testing so I would perform the water changes as described with the dechlorinators recommended, until such time as I purchased my own test kit or had the water tested once more by the fish store.
If the fish store is using strip style test's this can give you a ball park figure ,but could very well be more or less given these style test's accuracy.
Anything other than zero for ammonia is stessful to lethal for the fish ,and often results in sick,dead fishes.