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post #1 of 3 Old 07-03-2014, 06:00 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation New tank with high Ammonia.

Hello, I have a fairly new tank. Fish have been in the tank for about 6 weeks. The tank got cloudy about 2 weeks ago and we noticed redness on the bodies of the male guppies. I read it could be ammonia Burns. According to the api test kit the tank is 8 ppm ammonia. I imediatley treated the tank. The tests still keep reading 8 ppm. We had baby guppies born about 5 days ago they are fine and the redness on the males is going away but the tank reads 8 ppm. I noticed in the book it says the ammonia test is for freshwater tanks where salt is added. Does this mean I've been getting false results everytime? We have 2 female guppies 5 male guppies 6 guppy fry a rainbow shark a gorami and 2 ghost shrimp. The only symptom is the red on the males (now only on 2 males). Any advise?
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post #2 of 3 Old 07-23-2014, 05:16 PM
hey there, are you doing weekly water changes? Sounds like you didnt cycle your tank either. The red on is deffinetly ammonia burns. You need to do a large water change. Im going to say 75% or more.

After this, test your aquarium and see if your levels have gone down. Keep doing partial water changes (small) once a day or everyother day untill ammonia is at 0.

How many gallons is your tank? When did you add the fish?

Just keep swimming
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post #3 of 3 Old 07-23-2014, 05:20 PM
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Wow!
Firsty off - I'm so sorry your post was missed! I, too, would like to know how large your tank is, as rainbow sharks can be pretty agressive when kept in a tank under 4' long. What kind of gourami? Dwarf, three spot or pearl? I don't know anyone who constantly keeps AQ salt in their tank (it isn't good for the fish) so your readings are likely correct. I advise as large of a water change as your python will allow OR will allow your fish to stay upright in the tank - whichever comes first.
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