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post #1 of 3 Old 04-13-2017, 12:34 PM Thread Starter
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Tank stuck with ammonia no nitrates

We set this tank up without doing research, dumb I know. We listened to Petco and PetSmart employees which I realized isn't a good thing. What is done is done. Anyway details

Fish tank 29 gallons, currently have 4 platy's in there. All male. (We have lost all original ones) Tank start up Feb 14th, 2017, Fish in Feb 17th, 2017. I will say one original fish is probably still alive we had to change him out as he was a bully and killed two fish :( One fish I am pleased to say has survived the bullying and made a full recovery. This was all within the first 4 weeks of our tank.

We did have an ammonia spike of 2.0. Got it lowered (was doing every other day cycle changes at that point until ammonia got down). Ammonia for the past three weeks have sat at .5. Nitrites and Nitrates are 0. We have the master kit liquid form to test.

Current readings
Temp. 78F
PH. 7.8
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0
Ammonia .5

This is what it's been for three weeks. No live plants, we are not replacing or washing off the filter. If we do wash the filter off we swish it around in the fish water that is being removed. We have done that twice so far. We have a 30 aqua(something) filter. We have been using Seacham Prime the last three weeks as well only when replacing water and only the water that is replaced. So very little. We decided to go two weeks now (changing the water tonight) of not changing the water. No change in readings but we are not getting brown algae so we will be wiping that off tonight and taking the décor out to swish around a bit in the old tank water to hopefully get rid of that.

Overall the four fish seem to be doing just fine. They don't appear to have any signs of stress at this moment. Gills are fine, fins are fine, no ich, no anything. So I guess that's good there. Just I don't know why we can't get the last bit cycled :(

Hopefully I'm not missing anything out here but if I am I will do my best on answering questions. Thanks for your help in advance.
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-17-2017, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Update, yesterday morning noticed ammonia was up to 1 or 1.5 couldn't do a change though until evening as we where already running late for Easter events. As soon as we got home I noticed one platy in distress so we quickly did a 33% water change. The other three fish where happy and seemed happier after the change. The one in distress still was not good. I was worried about him but I didn't expect him to pass away last night :( Anyway I tested the water after we changed it and ammonia was only at a .25 so that seemed odd to me but whatever.

When I saw the dead one this morning I tested everything again.

PH 7.8
Ammonia less than .25 but not quite a 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate doesn't seem quite like a 0 but is in no way a 5 either.

We plan on hitting up a store tonight and have them test our water. See what they get. The three that are remaining I see no stress at all with them and they are quite happy.

Would it be all right to get 2-3 new platy's tonight while we are there? Current count is now 3 platy's in a 29 gallon tank. (I personally would like to get to 10 platy's )
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post #3 of 3 Old 04-18-2017, 01:49 PM
I would wait until you get ammonia down to 0 and there are no signs of stress on the fish.

I also would recommend you try adding some anacharis to consume the ammonia directly and co2 also while returning fish food and oxygen.

my .02

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)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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