08-21-2011, 11:03 PM
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Originally Posted by rwoten
I have a little 29 gal tank that i am getting started with. I put 3 mollies and 1 platy in to cycle it. I have had it for three weeks and after two weeks i had zero ammonia zero nitrites and maybe 5-10 ppm nitrate. Doing good so i thought. My local pet store has a guy who works in the aquatic dept who seems to know what he is talking about and he said that i should be cycled with the water specs i described above. Just to be sure the next fish i added were some more mollies and platys and three guppies for a total of ten fish. The next two days i completed another water change. The next day i checked my water and my ammonia was at maybe three to four!!!! I immediately did another water change and added some ammonia reducer. 24 hours later i checked and my ammonia was still high again. I noticed some white algae looking stuff on the bottom and soon realized it was the pellets i was feeding them and they werent eating any. Today i did a 45% water change and netted most of the food out added some more ammonia reducer "Cycle" and did the 5X the dose recommended for emergencies. 1hr later ammonia is still at two. Help me please......
Hello and welcome to TFK
First with the ammonia reducer what product are you using? These products will take ammonia and converts it into ammonium, which in this form is not harmful to fish. These products usually work in the water for a couple of days, someone else may have a better idea about how many hours. Most test kits will test for both ammmonia and ammonium and will not distinguish between the two. Also what type of test kit are you using to find out the parameters on your water? How often are you feeding the fish that are in your tank? When feeding fish they should only be fed once a day, and only the amount that they can eat within a couple of minutes. It is better to put too little food in and add a little more if don't feel that it is enough than to overfeed, which as you can see is now causing issues with your water. Also as layden has asked do you have a gravel vacuum? This is an essential item for any tank and when you carry out your weekly water changes the gravel in your tank should be vacuumed. In my tanks which I do not have live plants in the substrate I make sure that I throughly vacuum the gravel, in my tank that has plants in the substrate I still vacuum the clear spots of gravel but do not bother the areas in which my plant roots are. Also when adding additional fish to an aquarium I would usually add no more than 2 or 3 at a time unless I am adding a shoaling speices such as tetras, barbs, corys and others that need to be in groups. When adding these type of fish I would add the recommended group, just for example if I was adding neon tetras to my setup I would add the entire group of 6, or how many I was going to be doing for the group. With livebearers you do not need to add them in as large of a group, I would only make sure that I kept my ratio of females to males 2:1 which is recommended and even better 3:1. Another thing to keep in mind livebearers do produce quite a bit of a bioload, it is not unusal for me to see at least one or more of my platys in the process of pooping any given time that I may look at the tank.