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post #31 of 38 Old 10-28-2013, 06:19 PM Thread Starter
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*sigh* nevermind. I guess they're made of acrylic. They're still out of the tank though. I hate cleaning the bottom and constantly sucking them up with the siphon.

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post #32 of 38 Old 10-28-2013, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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Well, I'm not quite sure what to think. I mean, honestly, if my ammonia was really this high for this long wouldn't all my fish have died by now? I haven't gotten a new liquid ammonia test yet, but the strips I have are between .25 and .5 for ammonia, and the ammonia alert tag I have is registering between .02 and .2 for free ammonia. I know neither of those are *perfect* but it makes me think that even if they are a little off, they would be closer to the 4 I am getting with the liquid kit. My fish are acting fine. They have been a little funny, but I noticed my guppy has been going crazy on everyone. I removed him this afternoon and all my fish are acting better than normal now.

I'm worried about the ammonia, but I'm starting to wonder if it's my liquid test. I'm going to try testing my tap water again and see what I get.

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post #33 of 38 Old 10-28-2013, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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*sigh* It's not the test. Tap still reads at 0, tank is reading at 4.

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Well, I'm not quite sure what to think. I mean, honestly, if my ammonia was really this high for this long wouldn't all my fish have died by now? I haven't gotten a new liquid ammonia test yet, but the strips I have are between .25 and .5 for ammonia, and the ammonia alert tag I have is registering between .02 and .2 for free ammonia. I know neither of those are *perfect* but it makes me think that even if they are a little off, they would be closer to the 4 I am getting with the liquid kit. My fish are acting fine. They have been a little funny, but I noticed my guppy has been going crazy on everyone. I removed him this afternoon and all my fish are acting better than normal now.

I'm worried about the ammonia, but I'm starting to wonder if it's my liquid test. I'm going to try testing my tap water again and see what I get.

If the ammonia was the dangerous "free" ammonia then yes.

If it is locked up with chemicals like prime then no.

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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post #35 of 38 Old 10-29-2013, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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A huge water change earlier. I can't tell if ammonia is at .5 or 1 so I'm saying about .75 for now. I am waiting on a new bottle of prime, so I've been using tetra brand since Sunday. I got 75% of the water out, filled it up, then took out 50% and filled it up again. I'll do the same tomorrow and then hopefully that prime will be here.


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Got home from class and dosed more Stability and fertilized my plants. I just got my son to bed so I decided to test the tank before doing a water change and it's down to .5 on the API test! Ammonia dot says .05, so I'm hoping between adding the bottled bacteria and perking up my plants things will continue to get under control.


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Got home from class and dosed more Stability and fertilized my plants. I just got my son to bed so I decided to test the tank before doing a water change and it's down to .5 on the API test! Ammonia dot says .05, so I'm hoping between adding the bottled bacteria and perking up my plants things will continue to get under control.


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Yay! progress! I have no clue why this started in the first place but you are getting it under control !! Things to remember since we really don't know what the heck happened in the first place. When cleaning you filter(canister right?) I do once every 2 months but once a months is good but you can go even longer. Use old tank water remember where everything is placed when putting back together and do not aggressively clean it...after cleaning and mostly reassembled I like to in the bath tub fill with primed water then empty from hose to make sure I got the solid stuff especially.( even though I took apart and rinsed everything (in old or tank water)



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I almost forgot to update here! My ammonia is at .25 but I've also been using Prime again, so I have to eIt a couple days to see if it's a false positive. My nitrites are 0, and my nitrates are almost 10, which was normal for this tank because of my plants. I hate to jinx myself but I think we're almost done either this mess...


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