Originally Posted by shaynaglover
Thanks again! I did a pwc and vaccumed the gravel which took a lot of uneaten food and stuff out of it... Which in turn the water was still cloudy... When I checked my levels they were really high (I can't remember what they were) when I went to Big Als I asked the person there what I should do about my Nitrates and Nitrites being hight and they gave me nitr zorb. I put the nitro zorb in and did the partial water change and the vaccuming of the gravel and the tank cleared up mostly. But not all the way. So I just did a second testing and my levels are still high.
The levels are really scaring me although my fish are not acting weird or anything. They are swimming around happy and chasing each other as if there were nothing wrong. The water is clearing but my levels are still high. Could it be giving me false readings? I am using the water solution test kit not test strips so I thought it would be a little more better... PLEASE HELP! I dont want to lose any of my fish. And also a good sign my guppies are still dropping fry as we speak so the water condition should be good a little bit I would think lmao....
If your water conditioner detoxifies ammonia, it probably does so by converting ammonia to ammonium which is basically harmless, so the fish will be OK even though the ammonia reading is high (and 4 is very very high) but we are working to get it down. Nitrite at 1 is also very dangerous, but partial water changes of 50% every deay using the water conditioner will help with this.
If you mean Nitra-Zorb, that is a filter media made by API and is OK to use in your circumstances. It supposedly removes ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. I haven't looked into how it does this, but in the filter in this instance I would use it.
The cloudiness will likely be gone when the nitrification cycle is established and the biological equilibrium settled in the aquarium. Continue with daily pwc, and keep us posted of results.