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Old 09-27-2010, 09:31 PM   #11
 
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You need to change the water without touching the gravel. By removeing the filters you have removed the bacteria as Byron mentioned above. I would get prime instead of the Ammo lock it is a much better product in my opinion. With levels that high I would do at least a 50% water change.
If you still have the other filters and they have been kept wet you may still have some of the bacteria in them you could put them back on the tank to see if it helps.

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Old 09-28-2010, 12:42 AM   #12
 
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As already mentioned ,50 percent water changes may be needed twice a day once of a morning ,and once of an evening depending on how many fish are in what size tank, and how much food is being fed.
Would want second opinion on ammonia levels you are recording for levels posted thus far ,would result in all fish dying within hours in my opinion.
Would take sample of water to local fish store if possible and ask if they would test it and provide numbers.
Would also submit that products like ammolock have been reported to provide false readings and would use Prime dechlorinator and tapwater only in the aquarium No other products are needed.
Would feed sparingly as also mentioned and designate one person and only one person to feed the fish once a day ,a tiny amount until you can get the ammonia levels under control.
With fish in the tank, Water changes will offer the best hope for the fishes until the tank has once again developed bacteria that was lost when filters were changed.
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Old 09-28-2010, 09:36 AM   #13
 
Is it possible to have high level of ammonia while the fish seem to be normal in behavior? I just tested the ammonia level and I'm getting a 6.0 reading.
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Old 09-28-2010, 10:34 AM   #14
 
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What kind of test kit are you useing? Maybe it is bad?
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Old 09-28-2010, 11:35 AM   #15
 
Just found out the kit was bad (expired) so I purchased a Seachem Ammonia kit and its reading a .05.
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Old 09-28-2010, 12:26 PM   #16
 
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Whew thats a much better reading. LOL You really should get the API master kit its what alot of us use and it is very accurate. Its about $35.00 but well worth it.
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Old 09-30-2010, 01:18 AM   #17
 
My ammonia Spiked back up today and it looks like its around 6-8.0... My fish seem to swim okay but some of them are a little pale.. I did a 25% water change around 2 oclock today and added prime but I didnt have any stress coat to put in there with the new water. Could this be the reason why the ammonia is still so high? If I do a 15% water change in the morning and evening will this help or make things worse? Thanks
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Old 09-30-2010, 10:46 AM   #18
 
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Ok lets see how many fish do you have in this tank? How often are you feeding them? The only thing I can suggest at this point is to keep doing the 50% water changes. And like said above you may need to do it twice a day depending on how may fish are in the tank. Did you get the prime like I suggested it detoxifys the ammonia but has to be added at every water change.
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