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post #11 of 15 Old 12-01-2011, 09:01 PM
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Izzy you have plants right? If so from what I understand from another thread here it is normal sometimes when you have alot of plants you will get 0 reading on the tests.

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post #12 of 15 Old 12-02-2011, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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I do have plants, Amanda. I finally realized the benefits they can have and planted (moderately) all of my tanks. Took me a few years, but I got there. I was very happy to see the nitrAte reading of 0ppm. But what we are stumped over is the ammonia reading of 0.25ppm when I have a tank that has been set up and cycled for years. I'm going to retest it tomorrow after getting a 0ppm ammonia reading from my tap. I'm also considering either getting a sponge filter for my little guys or putting the old filter back in and just buffering the intake and outflow with some techniques I found online.

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post #13 of 15 Old 12-02-2011, 09:01 AM
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Sorry I missed that some how it was late and I was sleepy when I posted it. I need to learn that when I am sleepy to reread threads before I post. LOL ; ) I have no idea as to why the ammonia is there but if it were me until I could figure it out I would be doseing with Prime to detoxify the ammonia.

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55 gallon, 44 gallon, one 20 gallon tank, three 10 gallon tanks, and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.

I have MTS and there is no cure.


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post #14 of 15 Old 12-02-2011, 11:41 AM
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I wouldn't recommend Prime here, since the tank pH is acidic so the "ammonia" in tests is actually ammonium which is basically harmless. If this ammonia was due to something that occurred, it should disappear. It is in my view best to let nature handle these things rather than starting to mess with it, provided it is not detrimental to the fish and in this case it is not. Might want to look into this more after seeing what occurs over say a week.

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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #15 of 15 Old 12-06-2011, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
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After letting nature handle things for a week I retested the water today. Still got 0ppm for nitrAte and nitrIte. The ammonia reading seems to have dropped but is still above 0pmm. PH is still 6.6 because I have driftwood in the tank. I did add some more plants (java ferns that I have been meaning to add), but that was the only change. The fish do not appear to be stressed; my two boys are nipping me and poofing at each other like nothing is wrong. So I guess I've just got some ammonium in my tank. Nothing to be worried about, right?

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