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MissBec 03-07-2014 10:37 PM

Ammonia won't go down? Need advice?
I tested my water today and it was
Ph: 6.0
Ammonia 8ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 0ppm

I noticed my ammonia hasn't drop down yet, I have done 5 water changes and had added API ammonia lock. What should I do? .
What if I get snail would that help lower levels or is it too high for the snail? I have been cycling for a month and half

BWG 03-07-2014 10:51 PM

Fishless cycling? I wouldn't add the snail. The ammonia is locked as ammonium thanks to the low pH and Ammonia Lock. Do you have a hardness test? If you're fishless cycling I'd do however many large water changes it takes to get the pH up and ammonia down to about 4.

MissBec 03-07-2014 11:11 PM

Yes I am doing fishless cycle , I have two plants in my tank and I don't have KH or GH testing kit. Do you think I need to ferlizer my plants one plant look bit tad funny

BWG 03-07-2014 11:19 PM

Yeah do as many water changes as needed. The pH is too low to cycle. The KH and GH tests aren't absolutely necessary, since the fact that your pH is so low gives a pretty good hint that you have soft water. You want to try to maintain the ammonia at around 4.0.

As to the plants, ferts would be good, but I can't really say if that is why the one looks bad. Not without knowing things like what kind it is, what light you have, etc.

MissBec 03-08-2014 12:51 AM

20 litre tank
11 watts light
2 plants: Hygrophila and amazon sword
Heater temperature 26-30 degree Celsius. This morning I had found the filter sponge covered in all lot of brown slime which i believe it brown alage, i clean it with the tank water, I have been cleaning the sponge about once week now

Flint 03-08-2014 05:57 PM

The snail will just add ammonia. What is the pH out of your tap? Put water in a cup and test in 24 hours to tell us this number. Seachem Flourish is a good fert.

BWG 03-08-2014 07:58 PM

Which plant is looking funny? How is it looking? Why and how are you cleaning the sponges?

jentralala 03-08-2014 10:01 PM

Do you know the kelvin rating of the bulb?

MissBec 03-10-2014 12:24 AM




I am up to my 7th water change no improvements in ammonia but Ph has risen a bit
Ph: 6.8
Ammonia 8ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 0ppm

I have tested my tap water and it was between 6.6 - 6.8, what should i do? I haven't brought any fertilizer yet but I am planning get some this week.

With the light it compact fluorescent 11 watts, Ac210V50Hz. Oscar Enterprises Inc.
Nominal current: 0.155Amp

Flint 03-10-2014 08:10 AM

I would put some limestone decor in your tank. It will raise your pH naturally.

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