10-25-2013, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by lilbabyvenus
I have a 55 gallon which has had a 0 ammonia reading for over a week now after getting a mini cycle from adding a canister filter. I added a tiny albino bristlenose pleco (about 1.5") and a piece of driftwood. Tuesday I had a fish die out of nowhere. I did a water change and tested the water and I had a slight jump in ammonia to .25, which I assumed the water change would take care of. I tested the water yesterday a few hours after adding Flourish comprehensive and my ammonia was at 4!
I started freaking out and immediately did a 70% water change and dosed an extra tiny bit of Prime to help neutralize any leftover ammonia. I tested the water again this morning and it's back at 4! I just did another 70% water change and now I'm just at a loss. All my other fish are acting normal. The only changes are the addition of this tiny pleco and the driftwood. The driftwood has been slowly lowering my ph, which I thought would be a good thing, but maybe it's killing my bacteria? I just honestly don't know what to do. I'm at my whits end with all the issues I've had with this tank. I cannot for the life of me figure out this ammonia. I've never had it like this. I have a planted tank with 12 plants planted and 5 floating. I use Prime for a conditioner. I use the API master liquid kit to test the water. There is no ammonia in my tap water. I've cleaned my canister. I've been vacuuming my sand every day. Any thoughts?
I've also got an ammonia alert tag for inside the tank coming today to help me determine if the ammonia is free or not.
Prime still tests positive with most ammonia test kits even if the ammonia is locked.
Hopefully your ammonia dot showed ammonia at first but then almost none after the first Prime dose.
Additionally, the plants will consume the ammonia directly so Prime is not needed.
The danger with prime is that it also locks up oxygen. So you dose and dose and more and more oxygen is locked up.
I would stop adding the prime. add some anacharis plants if you don't have some already. stop changing the water, stop adding food. Then the tank will heal itself. It shouldn't take more than a few hours if the ammonia is free for the plants to consume the ammonia. If locked it could take longer.
the pH will recover as the ammonia is lowered.