what is wrong with my water
just starting week 3 of new tank. 36 gallon bow front with 2 zebras,2 mollies,and 2 tetras (all small)
water is still bit cloudy and ammonia too high. Using API liquid test kit PH-7.6/Ammonia-2.0/Nitrite-.25/Nitrate-0
Fish seem ok. Feeding every other day (just a pinch) bloodworms one time, flakes the next.
Filters are Marineland 150 Bio-Wheel/ Aqueon 55/ just 1 square of UGF approx.2"X4" just to hold uplift tube with reverse flow Marineland 600 Maxi Jet powerhead, and small airstone buried in gravel on other side.
You can do a water change to dilute down your numbers. Make sure it's the same temperature and use your de-chlorinator. If you have "Prime", it can also be used to neutralize many things. It is a bit more expensive at the store but goes an incredibly long way, 1 cap does 50 Gallons. It will neutralize Ammonia, Ammonium and NitrItes in your water. Yes it smells like sulfur.
tap water has .25 trace of ammonia, but I always condition water and get it from the faucet through a pur water filter(little added protection)
been doing 5% water changes every 3 days until cycle is complete
guess I'll have to order the Prime, 3 LFS in my area and none of them have it.
Any idea what's going on, and is it ok to treat for ammonia during the cycle stage?
Sounds like your tank is still cycling. Increase partial water changes and keep the feeding to a minimum (every other day is fine). Give it a bit more time and it should clear up as the tank becomes established.
Edit: You should be replacing at least 25%-30% of the water each change, especially doing a fish in cycle IMO.
It's not stable yet
It's all over the pace.(patience is a virtue)
Thax for the advice
PS- so I should not add any prime or ammonia reducer at this moment?
You should use prime when you have readings of Ammonia and/or Nitrite. A PUR water filter does nothing for that, those filters are just activated carbon. With Ammonia in your tap water, I'd use Prime every time. Live plants are also great.
You also have a lot of filters and water movement, that will stress forest fish.
Your numbers are not all over the place, only one is unusual. The cycle takes 4-8 weeks to complete.
Also, should I get rid of the Aqueon and maybe run Bio-Wheel with a small canister filter?
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Yes, still do frequent water changes during this period, 50% every two days using Prime. I hope I didn't imply not doing water changes and just using prime.
Prime will neutralize Ammonia and Nitrite for up to 48 hours which is why I say change the water every 2 days until the cycle is done, at which point you'll do it once a week.
Do not use aquarium salt with your fish though. The mollys can take brackish water, but it is not safe for the others long term.
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