08-14-2012, 11:14 PM
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5 Gallon Tank Ammonia Levels High, please hlelp!
Here are the specifics:
We got a 5 gallon Fluval Chi tank back on July 18, initially the Ammonia levels spiked in the new tank and then went down to 0 ppm, I have the API testing kit (liquid style) and have noticed over the past week or so the level of Ammonia has gone up to around 2 ppm - 4 ppm. All the fish seem very active, but I am uncomfortable with the ammonia level being that high.
I do a 10% water change every other day with peat moss filtered water to lower the Ph level slowly from 7.6. I noticed that when I changed the filter media (filter pad) it was extremely brown.
We have been feeding about twice a day, which we have now changed to once a day. We have 2 Cory Catfish, 1 Highfin Platy, 1 King Betta, 2 Snails, 1 Bubble Bee Gobi, & 1 African Dwarf Frog.
I've been using Ammo-lock about every 2 days as directed this past week. Any suggestions to lower the Ammonia level in the tank? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.