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b819east 09-20-2011 02:17 PM

ammonia levels a little bit high
hi, i was wondering how to lower my ammonia levels in my tank without using chemicals?

KendraMc 09-20-2011 02:20 PM

i think we need more information here.
1) is your tank cycled? if so, for how long?
2) is your ammonia coming from you tank or tap water?
3) what do you have in your tank?
4) what are your ammonia levels? nitrite and nitrate levels might help too.

since there are a lot of reasons your ammonia might be high, the best way to take care of it might vary.

if you have fish in your tank you should probably do extra water changes until it is under control, to keep the levels from getting too high for the fish. of course, if the ammonia is coming from your tap water this won't help.

b819east 09-20-2011 02:32 PM

ive had my tank for a little over a month and a few days ago i added benfical bacteria. i believe it is coming from my fish water although i wil test my tap water soon. i have an inch and a half jack dempsey a 2 to 3 inch pleco and two mollies, yes ik they will be eaten eventually but they provide feeders for my huejeta needle nose gar. i also have 15 feeder fish that havent been eaten yet. i get my ammonia tested and my pet store and he said they were in the beginning of the stress level but not too bad yet

KendraMc 09-20-2011 02:37 PM

it kind of sounds like you have too many fish in an uncycled tank, if i'm understanding you correctly. you will probably want to buy a test kit (API Master Kit is one of the best). that way you can keep track of changes and get actual levels instead of "a little high". start with water changes. that will keep your fish from getting too stressed. any ammonia in your tank water is bad for your fish.

by the way, how big is your tank?

you may want to put some live plants in the tank, they use ammonia and help keep the levels down.

ladayen 09-20-2011 02:38 PM

How big is the tank? Your mollies probably wont be eaten btw.. the jack may eventually beat them to death, and then the pleco may eat them I suppose lol. Is the gar in the same tank as well? and the feeder fish or do you have multiple tanks?

I would highly recommend you get your own test kit. The vague information provided by the pet store is not accurate or helpful.

b819east 09-20-2011 02:39 PM

but isnt the bacteria supplement supposed to get your tank going right away?

KendraMc 09-20-2011 02:41 PM


Originally Posted by b819east (Post 833376)
but isnt the bacteria supplement supposed to get your tank going right away?

no, it still takes time. everything takes time in this hobby. make sure to read the directions. it is my understanding (having never actually used a supplement) that it says it will still take a week or two to be cycled. and i think they are better off being added before any fish.

b819east 09-20-2011 02:41 PM

my tank is 40 gallons and the gar is in a seperate tank. i was also hoping since its an electric blue jack dempsey, it will not kill them since it is less agressive then a regular jack dempsey

ladayen 09-20-2011 02:42 PM

It's fairly common for them to not work at all. If they do work they generally will spike the ammonia first before it gets turned into Nitrites.

Live plants would help.. however the jack dempsey would prolly dig them up, and plecos are known to run them over. Then you just got more rot in the tank.

b819east 09-20-2011 02:43 PM

yeah i was new to this hobby and didnt really know what i was doing. but the bottle did say it should only be a day for it to work, should i add more just incase?

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