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lioness501 03-06-2007 04:07 AM

i still cant get my ammonia down, i do daily 10-15% changes and its now testing at 1.0 i dont know wat to do, i have a new tank coming to take out some of the fish so that will help but wat can i do til then? is there any chemicals i can put in that will lower it? i hate to use anything but i dont want it to get any higher. nitrites=0,nitrates=30

Daz 03-06-2007 04:10 AM

Amphitrite 03-06-2007 04:17 AM

Lioness, is this a recently cycled tank, or have you added more fish recently?

Just trying to establish why you have ammonia readings.

xingumike 03-06-2007 04:37 AM

Im confused...

you set up a tank yesterday that you are cycling with fish, having told me that this method 'worked a treat' on your existing tank. Which tank are you getting ammonia readings on?

If its the new one it reopens the fishless cycle debate and if its the old one then it hasn't worked a treat or you may (as i suspect) be overstocked.

lioness501 03-06-2007 11:15 AM

its not the new 1, the tank in question has been running for 7 months now, i havent had a problem with ammonia before, i think yes it is now overstocked due to fry(that r lot bigger now) but there nothin i can do til i get new tank sometime this week, just done a 30% water change and a good gravel vac, hopefully that will help it

xingumike 03-06-2007 11:31 AM

why dont you put the fry in the new tank you were talking about yesterday?

You already have danios in there so i would dump the fry in and get the 'main' tank back on track asap, its not as if its going to be hard to get more fry you could breed those fish in a damp dish cloth lol.

and i would be surprised if its the fry that has tipped the bioload over the edge, i would suggest overfeeding or perhaps the poop machines (plecos) that are the problem

lioness501 03-06-2007 12:03 PM

i only put the danios in the new tank today, ive got a new tank coming this week which i will b putting all livebearers in along with 1 pleco so that will help........i hope

xingumike 03-06-2007 12:15 PM

why not put the fry in the tank where you have already decided to have fish living in unsuitable water?

then you will probably have a better chance of sorting the main tank out quickly and at least have one tank that the fish are perfectly happy in?

would make sense to me rather than running 2 with less than ideal water conditions

fish_4_all 03-06-2007 12:17 PM

With the progression of the fry size and the tank balance the bacteria should have kept up.

It soulds like you are getting a mini cycle for some reason. Maybe a kill off of the bacteria in your tank or the filter. Did you rinse the filter material in tap water? Maybe forget to use dechlor? Did you clean anything in soapy water? Even the hood? Did you not feed the fish for a couple days? Is there good circulation in the tank? Many little things can cause bacteria to die of and cause a mini cycle, it is just a matter of getting to the bottom of it. Did you clean the python in soapy water? Maybe your nets? Anything that might have killed the bacteria on accident.

lioness501 03-06-2007 12:17 PM

the fry ARE goin into the new tank i have running!!!!!

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