Originally Posted by bellabean
I swear I've worked myself up into a tizzy this week over fish! (and kids, lol)
I delt with water issues this past week and ammonia, nitrites krept up.
I put prime in the tank but worried my pleco might have side effects from it. I've looked at every photo I have of it and can't tell if it had it when I got it (Dec 29). My back photo's it looks new but the side it looks like it's there. Those are bad photo's though!
Please tell me if it's something and how to fix it !
Water changes perhaps every couple day's 40 to 50 percent would be my choice untill both ammonia and nitrites read zero each day,all day.
Ammonia and nitrites don't normally creep up in Cyled tanks unless over stocking or over feeding is taking place.
Water changes are quickest way to dilute/remove toxins such as ammonia/nitrites.
Using a conditioner such as PRIME with each water change would be my choice.
Prime addresses both ammonia and nitrites while many other's only detoxify chlorine and possibly chloramines.Chloramine is combination of chlorine and ammonia, and while most conditioner's take care of the chlorine from chloramines,,they leave the ammonia for biological filter to process.
If tank is mature or LOT'S of live plant's are present,,this happens fairly quick, but in new tanks,,there may not be enough bacteria yet to process the amount of ammonia present from fish waste,fish food,fish respiration,and chloramines, all of which contribute to ammonia and nitrites.
Would review dietary needs of the fish as well and would not subject the fish to scavenging only what it can find.