Okay, so, where to begin? My tank wasn't cycled before we got our feeder guppies, which we're breeding for a friend. We got the guppies almost two weeks ago. I didn't have a clue what I was doing, mind you, but I've been researching as much as possible to have a happy little tank. Thursday evening that friend brought over three more guppies, and early last week he stuck an unidentified plant in our tank. The guppies seem to love the plant, especially the fry, who spend a lot of time hiding in it.
Anyway, Friday morning, I noticed that my guppies were itching. They were flicking themselves against the rocks, the plants, and anything else that could scratch them. I thought it was odd, and started researching when I noticed the fry were doing it also. Research led me to suspect ich. No one had any white spots on them except one fry. I immediately went to petco to try and figure out which ich treatment to get. I didn't realize there were so many! I ended up getting the Tank Buddies Ich Clear simply because it seemed to be the easiest to measure the dosage. I also found one of those ATI Master Test Kits, which our usual lfs didn't have last time I looked.
On Friday night, I tested the water and nearly fell over when I saw the numbers. It's no wonder my little guppies aren't feeling well! I have a ten gallon tank. On Friday the water looked like this:
PH - ~8.0 -- Is this too high?
Ammonia - ~3.0
I know that's
way too high
Nitrite - ~.50
Nitrate - ~10
I did a 50% waterchange before I gave the first ich treatment. Yesterday I checked the water before another water change and the second treatment and the numbers looked like this:
PH - ~8.0
Ammonia 2.0 -- Still way too high
Nitrite - .50
The ich packaging says to do at least a 20% waterchange before each treatment. I'm about to do another water change and another treatment. Should I keep doing 50% watcherchanges since the ammonia is so high, or will this be too dramatic for the guppies? Should I do less?
Also, none of the guppies have any white spots, I think the one fry that did got gobbled up by the large guppy that our friend brought over because I don't see anything on any of them. I also have not seen anyone itching today, and they all seem more relaxed than Friday morning. How long should I continue the treatment? I have read that because of the cycles of the ich, it should be continued for at least 5 days. I wanted to get opinions form those who have delt with it before. Is there anything I should be watching out for since my ammonia levels are high? And, are there any special precautions I should be taking based on the ammonia levels, and/or the fact that we have such small fry also in the tank?
Sorry it's so long, I just really want to minimize the stress of my guppies. They didn't ask to be given to someone with 0 fish experience. I feel sorry for them.