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post #1 of 13 Old 11-07-2009, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
Question Don't know how much more I can take: High Ammonia Level

My big tank-29 (3 mollies, 2 swords, 4 tetras, 1 sword fry in a fry isolation tank, and a pleco) has been a problem for a while. They've recently had ick and (I'm pretty sure fin rot). Their ph is right about 72(which I don't understand b/c the same water gave my fry tank a 60 ph. I've added crushed coral to raise the ph in the fry tank. Afraid to do it in the adult tank as the pleco has lost almost his whole tail and from what I read they can only tolerate a 74 ph (highest). But now I find my adult tank has a high ammonia level. Last night it seemed to between 3.0 and 6.0. I used ammonia clear tank buddies this afternoon. Now it is reading about a flat 3.0. The directions say to do a 1/4 water change and do it again, if needed. Is this what I should do?

My fry tank-14 has great ammonia levels, but using one of those 5 in 1 tests, which I know are not popular here (but Walmart is the only thing for 60 miles) the Nitrite seems to be just a touch below 3.0 and the nitrate looks right about 40. The fry seem healthy. They eat. They are very active.

The adult tank has appeared as the problem. I bought the product to check them and checked the fry as well.
Should I try the ammonia clear tank buddies again in the adult tank? What should I do? Should be concerned about the Nitrite in the fry tank?

Also, the isolated fry in the big tank is big enough to join the fry tank. Is it safe to move him in these conditions?
Please help. I'm going crazy!
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post #2 of 13 Old 11-07-2009, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
p.s., the fish in the adult tank act fine. Active. Just fin and tail conditions that concerned me. And one of the swords stays in the bubbles from the air bar, except to eat.
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post #3 of 13 Old 11-07-2009, 12:33 AM
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first...as you said your 5 in 1 test strips are not very accurate you really need to invest in a liquid master test kit. API makes one and you can actually order one from walmart on line and have it delivered to your house. if you could let us know how long the tank has been set up and all its inhabitents. but anyway on to your your original problem/question......DO NOT USE ANY CHEMICALS TO REDUCE/REMOVE TOXINS.....they will not do much good but will probably cause more harm then anything......water changes are the best way to reduce toxins in your tank. you should do 30-50% changes (some one correct me if im wrong) daily. also, you need to be adding a water conditioner like PRIME to your tank at each water change.....im sure a more seasoned fish keeper will be along to add more

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post #4 of 13 Old 11-07-2009, 09:57 AM
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Ditto on what Molliefan09 posted. No chemicals and keep changing out that water until your ammonia is under control.

As for the test kit, I found the API Freswater Master Test kit at Big Al's online for $19.99. The same kit at Petco is around $30.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #5 of 13 Old 11-07-2009, 10:28 AM
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Agree. Daily water changes and the use of Prime to detoxify ammonia and nitrites.
No chemicals or medications.
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post #6 of 13 Old 11-07-2009, 10:46 AM
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absolutely right on with the water changes start with a 50% today and then move to the smaller 30% tomorrow and keep it up until under control.. another product that walmart sells to condition the water is called Start Right... if they dont have the prime this will work as well but dont use any other chemicals.... hope all is well and keep us posted :)

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post #7 of 13 Old 11-07-2009, 02:47 PM Thread Starter
Do I put the prime in the new water I'm adding or directly into the tank?
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post #8 of 13 Old 11-07-2009, 02:50 PM
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the first few water changes i treated the whole tank as you should untill your ammonia levels come down or cycle completes, but i always added the whole ammount to the new water and let it sit for 10-15 mintues before adding it to my tank

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post #9 of 13 Old 11-07-2009, 08:08 PM
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wow really molliefan.. you need to stay out of my head LOL i was going to say te same thing word for word.....:)

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post #10 of 13 Old 11-07-2009, 08:24 PM Thread Starter
Thanx to all.
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