10-13-2009, 08:42 PM
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sw guy looking for help!
We have jus inherited a 55 gallon tank with 4 parrot cichlids. All of them are about 6-8 inches. I myself have little experience with frehwater tanks, but in the saltwater/ reef world (my speialty
) that is an unacceptable ratio. The tank is my moms, so I am trying to help her out the best I can. So basically, we getthe tank home,and set it up. I tell her to keep 75 percent of the water (beneficial bacteria) and add new water (25 percent). This in effect is her first water change, and should help the fish. So the next day, the ammonia is really high, and I think I know why, but I need other people who have kept the fishes opinions. It had to be that the rocks in the bottom got mixed up and released excess ammonia into the tank causing an ammnia spike. So she did a 5 gallon water change last night, and I told her to check ammonia again in the morning. Ammonia was still high, so I did a 10 gallon water change about a half hour ago. We changed some of the filter pads, and added some ammonia chips to the media cartridge (idk if thats the right name, but it is just an extra filter for carbon, etc). So now that I have told you our story, i need everynes opinios on what to do! For example, should I continue to do water changes daily until ammonia decreases? Is this to many fish? I think it is..... all the info. u can give is APPRECIATED! thhank you