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post #1 of 13 Old 07-03-2014, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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8ppm ammonia

Hello, I have a fairly new tank. Fish have been in the tank for about 6 weeks. The tank got cloudy about 2 weeks ago and we noticed redness on the bodies of the male guppies. I read it could be ammonia Burns. According to the api test kit the tank is 8 ppm ammonia. I imediatley treated the tank. The tests still keep reading 8 ppm. We had baby guppies born about 5 days ago they are fine and the redness on the males is going away but the tank reads 8 ppm. I noticed in the book it says the ammonia test is for freshwater tanks where salt is added. Does this mean I've been getting false results everytime? We have 2 female guppies 5 male guppies 6 guppy fry a rainbow shark a gorami and 2 ghost shrimp. The only symptom is the red on the males (now only on 2 males). Any advise?
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-03-2014, 09:11 PM
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Do a 50% water change immediately.

What is happening is your tank is cycling. Something your retailer didn't tell you about probably. NOT your fault. What you need to do is read up on the nitrogen cycle in your aquarium and keep monitoring by testing the water. Use something like Seachem Prime when replacing water.

Don't worry. I don't know anyone, including myself, who didn't start this way and that's how we all ended up here.

This should get you familiar with the cycle.
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...-cycle-353074/

We are here to help so feel free to ask questions. I promise that after the initial shock of setting up it will be very rewarding.

You also forgot to mention what size your tank is.

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Do a 50% water change immediately.

What is happening is your tank is cycling. Something your retailer didn't tell you about probably. NOT your fault. What you need to do is read up on the nitrogen cycle in your aquarium and keep monitoring by testing the water. Use something like Seachem Prime when replacing water.

Don't worry. I don't know anyone, including myself, who didn't start this way and that's how we all ended up here.

This should get you familiar with the cycle.
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...-cycle-353074/

We are here to help so feel free to ask questions. I promise that after the initial shock of setting up it will be very rewarding.

You also forgot to mention what size your tank is.

My tank is 30 gallons. I did a 50% water change and it still tests at 8ppm. I ran some other tests and determined a 90% water change would bring it to 1ppm. I don't seem to have the bacteria I should in the tank and I don't know why.
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It takes longer for the cycle to complete when you have fish because you are doing constant water changes to keep the fish from dying.

Please respond with the exact brand of test you are using and if it is liquid or strips. Also the details of your tank including substrate, size and number and types of fish. Please test your tap water and post the reading for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate as well as the reading for all 3 from your tank.
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Also, something to consider, if my sources are accurate, is that when you "treated" the water for high ammonia it doesn't remove it but instead neutralizes it into a less toxic form but will still read on ammonia tests. And like hinted at above, your tap water may contain some ammonia. Another thing I've heard is that some water conditioners have organics in them like aloe which of course break down into, you guessed it, ammonia. Your best bet is to take it slow and do small frequent water changes as needed. Smaller is almost always better so as to prevent drastic changes in water chemistry.
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What is your pH in the tank? Ammonia AND ammonium show up on the API MLTK and it can give "false" readings. Here's a good article on it.
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post #9 of 13 Old 07-29-2014, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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It takes longer for the cycle to complete when you have fish because you are doing constant water changes to keep the fish from dying.

Please respond with the exact brand of test you are using and if it is liquid or strips. Also the details of your tank including substrate, size and number and types of fish. Please test your tap water and post the reading for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate as well as the reading for all 3 from your tank.
I am using API liquid test kit. the numbers, and types of fish are above. My tap water has 0 ammonia. i dont know the levels of the other test for the tap water but the tank is at 0 for nitrite and nirate. Tank still test at 8ppm (highest level on the chart) for ammonia.
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What is your pH in the tank? Ammonia AND ammonium show up on the API MLTK and it can give "false" readings. Here's a good article on it.
I'm using the API so i suspect thats why my tank is testing at 8ppm still. At this point seriously the fish would be dead especially the baby guppies that are now 1 month old. The tank water is still cloudy. Any idea whats causing that?
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