My tank is 3.5 weeks old and my ammonia levels in my 55 gal have been high for the past few days - it went from .25 to .50. Yikes. However the Nitrates haven't come up. Grrr.
I have ten fish - tetras, barbs and platys, I also have 7 live plants (two swords, two pennyworths, an onion plant and something I can't remember the name of, but the fish seem to like it, I find leaves on the surface every morning. I have aquarium gravel, one artificial plant and three large resin tree stump decorations.
The fish look fine, they play and chase each other, they eat greedily, their colors are good. I feed them twice a day and try very hard not to over feed them.
I have not changed the filters because I know they are important to the cycling process, I had a look at them, they are brown and having stringy things growing on them. So, in my opinion that's a good sign.
I did a 50% water change today (I did vacuum it, I was worried that there might be too much garbage on the bottom) and put in a cap full of Prime and two and a half cap fulls of Stability.
I tested my water afterwords with the API test kit and my readings are PH 6.8, Ammonia .50, Nitrate 0, Nitrite 0.
Advice? It seems the advice I get at the LPS is always
different than the advice I get here. I only have one big box store (Petsmart) to shop at, and they're always dismissive of the advice I tell I've read about. All the other pet stores cater to salt water.