Originally Posted by Mazdamarc
OK i bought a ammonia test and the ammonia level was in the harmful 3.0 level i did about a 30% water change and it came down to the stressful .5. i also noticed there was a bunch of old food and water that got stared up when i added the new water so i think i am going to buy a gravel vaccum cleaner. The tank has been set up for about 3wks is there anything else i should look out for?
You mentioned ,or asked ,is there anythingh else that you should look out for.
Overfeeding the fish will also cause ammonia levels to increase in new or mature tanks. When tanks are maturing, or(cycling) it is best to feed the fish sparingly once a day or every other day. Food laying on the bottom indicates too much food is being offered.
The gravel vaccum is a wise purchase and the use of it will only help with water quality. It is possible however in new tanks,,to get too aggressive with the vaccum. The good bacteria that consumes fish waste,poo,and food also lives in the gravel and by vaccuming say,, one end of the tank one week, the middle of the tank the next week, and the other end of the tank the following week,, we can remove waste while preserving bacteria. Again ,,by not overfeeding, we can cut down on the waste significantly and vaccuming the gravel becomes less of an issue.
Excess fish food = excess fish poo = excess ammonia = sick fishies.