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PrettyKitty187 05-29-2011 05:03 PM

Ammonia help quick please! (Before Petsmart closes)
I haven't been able to maintain my tank for the past few weeks and has been in care of a friend. Get back to regular schedule...yeah, no good, all the plants were dead, couldn't see through the algae, filter was so clogged with algae absolutely nothing was happening, dead fish stuck under was nasty.

Anyhow, did two water changes, scraped algae off glass, got filter back into proper working order, removed dead fish (there are survivors surprisingly), bought some new plants, all that good stuff.

Tested water, nothing all that terrible, ph 7.4, 0 nitrite and nitrate, but ammonia is off the charts..
8.0ppm ++++, is there any product that can quickly and safely bring this down? Way way down?

Andarial 05-29-2011 05:14 PM

Well there is no way to bring it down really quickly just need lots of water changes but you can make the ammonia less harmful by using Prime the conditioner it makes it into ammonium instead of ammonia.

PrettyKitty187 05-29-2011 05:28 PM

Ah, sweet, thanks :D That's what I needed right there (my poor little fishies look like they have run a marathon :cry: )

redchigh 05-29-2011 05:30 PM

I would get some Ammo-lock and add it to the filter instead. It absorbs the ammonia, rather than just converting it to ammonium.

Andarial 05-29-2011 05:55 PM

Ammo-lock I hear just keeps ammonia in its non-toxic form which is ammonium.

PrettyKitty187 05-29-2011 06:42 PM

Yeah, ammo-lock was what was recommended in the test kit, but I just figured they were trying to sell another one of their products lol. Anyhow, yeah, it converts the ammonia to ammonium as I'm guessing both products do pretty much the same thing. Bothers me that will still test positive though, lol...guess just gotta keep up the water changes..:-D

DKRST 05-29-2011 06:55 PM

I grabbed some API Ammo-Carb a few months ago from Petsmart for an unexpected tank re-cycle (I medicated the tank and killed my good bacteria!). Worked great, and the resin seemed to actually bind with, not convert, the ammonia. Unfortunately, this stuff (ammolock + the activated carbon) removed lots of things from the water - meds, ferts, etc.

Kept the fish alive though!

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