09-20-2009, 12:41 PM
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New to the hobby with HIGH AMMONIA levels. Please Help!
Hi all...thank you for checking in on this aquatically challenged newby. First post and certainlly won't be my last im sure. So, please bear with me. I have a mediocre and hard to manage 2.5 ga. tank. I know, I know...puny. Big dreams on the herizon!...Anywho, I know that it is difficult to manage a smaller tank due to water volume vs. the toxins. I have been using RO/DI water with a 7.0ph equalizer in frequent (twice a week) water changes, trying to battle an ammonia level of over 8.0 ppm...no nitrite or nitrate is present. Ive been cycling for about a month and a half with strees zyme and 4 fishies and still havent seen any change. All was well until about a week ago when the ammonia sky rocketed and no matter how many time I do a 50% water change it wont drop. I started adding ammo lock when it started rising to help save my fish from the harmful form. The tank contains 2 guppies, 1 Dwarf Gourami and an Otto. Also has a couple plants. They all seem to be in good spirits and handling the levels fine. But any input on how to save my fish from dying from the high ammonia levels in the future would be helpful.