02-04-2012, 08:51 AM
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Originally Posted by Rayemond
I'm afraid the ammonia should be at zero, a reading of one is harmful for the fish. They might look okay now, but you will have more losses soon if you don't get this sorted. Your tank is not cycled, and you should NOT add any more fish until the ammonia is zero, the nitrite is zero and the nitrate level is rising.
Your ammonia will continue to increase, and it is highly toxic to fish, then you will get a spike of nitrite when bacteria establish to convert the ammonia into nitrite - nitrite is also highly toxic to fish and should always be at zero. Then further bacteria will develop to convert the nitrite into nitrate, which is not nearly as toxic. At this point you will have ammonia - 0, nitrite - 0 and nitrate - above zero. Then you will know that your tank is cycled.
Rayemond is totally right. You have a couple weeks to go (possibly) till your tank is cycled. Don't add more fish, and feed as little as possible. Overfeeding can be a problem during this period. You need to keep an eye on nitrItes, and get a kit for that asap if you don't have one. Like Rayemond said, this is very toxic. You'll have to keep up with water changes and using Prime as your water conditioner until you get the readings already spoken about above. Be patient. It will happen.