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Water Cycling .50 Ammonia 0 Nitrites 0 Nitrates
Recommendations? Is .50 Ammonia harmful enough for fish that I need to change it? I've already previously done a water change.
Ammonia readings above 0.25 would be harmful and water change would be needed.
Is your 32 gal tank also cycling? If it is a mature or cycled tank (32 gal) then why not put some of the filter material from it into the filter area of the 55gal? This would help speed the maturing process of the 55 gal.
My apologies, You only have the 55gal right? In any event, your ammonia reading is high. What test kit are you using? I would only feed once a day or every other day and only what they eat in in one minute. I would use a good dechlorinator such as PRIME or AMQUEL+ for new water that was going into the aquarium.
I am not a big fan of the many potions,or in my view,,, snake oils out there that promise to speed the maturing process and have always used a dechlorinator such as the two mentioned .
Seeding the aquarium with filter material from a disease free existing aquarium is the only other thing I would use in my aquarium other than dechlorinator.
I have heard success stories with product ..BIOSPIRA but have also heard not so good results as well. That product needs to be refridgerated in order to keep bacteria alive and perhaps shipping and handling issues (not keeping it cool) had something to do with those who had less than desired results. I am certain that there are those out there who would report success with this product or that product. I am merely offering my opinion on what has worked for me.
Five danios or five barbs would have been a better choice as far as using fish for nitrogen cycle but you have eleven. You will need to monitor the levels in the aquarium closely so that ammonia levels do not rise to lethal levels and kill the fish. Were it me,,, and it's not. I would take a small pinch of flake food and crumble it up in the palm of my hand about a dime size amount. I would offer this amount once,, every other day until ..ammonia,and nitrites read zero for a week and nitrAtes appeared.The fish will not starve and water quality will be somewhat easier considering the number of fish, to control.
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