07-09-2013, 05:05 PM
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Originally Posted by mgkdad
I just checked the water perimeters and the ph is at 6.0 which is normal because the tap water is 6.0 the ammonia is at 1.0 ppm at the moment and the nitrite and nitrates are at 0ppm now with the ammonia its been between .50 and 1.0 since the tank was set up about 4 months ago, I've tried doing multiple water changes in a week at 50% , I tried feeding the fish every other day just using a pinch of food, I tried changing the cartridge out and all that did was make the water cloudy not sure how that was possible and nothing has worked so far. Right now I have three anubias plants some micro swords some crypt wendtii some wisteria, and a java fern wendolov and since day 1 the nitrite and nitrates have always been 0 ppm Im currently doing a 50% water change once a week and dosing with flourish the next day I also use prime when I do the water change im using a air stone as well. If any one might know what might be going on with the tank I would try any thing to get it where it needs to be and I don't know if this may or may not help but the lights stay on for 8 hours a day from 8am til 4pm thanks for all the help.
Fortunately with an acidic pH (below 7) ammonia changes into ammonium which is basically harmless. The plants will take it up. So there is no harm to the fish, and I would not overdo the water changes.
Getting the biology stable might deal with this. From your info I've no idea where it might be coming from.