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hayvennsfish 01-16-2007 12:01 PM

HEEEELP!!!!
 
I need some advice!!!! I have a 29 gallon tank that's been running for 2 weeks (cycle SHOULD be almost done). 50 gallon HOB filter, temp at constant 80 .... nitrite zero but my ammonia is reading high even after a 50% water change yesterday ( cleaned the gravel too, cuz I removed my UGF the day before, I probably shouldn't have vacuumed?) . It's been reading at .25 for a while now. I use Prime to treat my water with, and am wonderin if my test kit isn't reading properly (ammonia at .5 ppm this morning). I use the two bottle kit by Aquarium Pharm. It is giving me total ammonia readings or free ammonia? I don't know if the ammonia in the tank is toxic to my fish, if I should do another water change (how much?). Or if I should just leave it be and recheck later or tomorrow.
The tank currently houses 5 zebra danios, 1 dwarf gourami, 1 albino cory cat and 1 long finned Rosy Barb. All of whom seem to be faring ok.
I'm at a loss..... can ANYONE help???? I appreciate any advice y'all have to offer!!

Jaysn 01-16-2007 03:49 PM

I'd do an 8-10 gallon water change, and don't vacuum the gravel for a while. You could cut back on feeding too, especially if the fish are leaving food on the bottom. What are your nitrates at? You can also get some zeolite (ammo-chips is the brand I have) and stick it in your filter to help absorb some ammonia. Put it in a filter bag though, otherwise it's a pain to get out of the filter.

musho3210 01-16-2007 07:03 PM

Whats your ph? The lower the ph the less toxic the ammonia is, the higher the ph, the more toxic. It could be at 1.0 and your fish dont feel a thing, or it could be at .25 and there dying on the spot

hayvennsfish 01-16-2007 07:11 PM

Hmmmmm.... hadn't thought about that. My ph out of the tap is at 6.2.... the tanks sit at about a 6.4 and all the fish I keep are tolerant of that level. I did a 25% water change today and it came down a fair amount. Going to see if I can find some Turbo Start or Bio Spira tomorrow to help thing along a little.

musho3210 01-16-2007 07:56 PM

ok then, i used stress zyme (well im still using it) and it really helped me. The thing about those bacteria holders is that they dont always work, they work for some people, but they dont work for others. But theres no harm in trying that though. At that ph level, the ammonia concentration is fine.


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