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Chris7 02-18-2012 08:13 PM

Ammonia level creeping up?
 
After i did my weekly water change today I tested the water and my ammonia level is up a bit about 0.6 ppm? It's been at 0 for almost 8 weeks, My tank is fullyed cycled. I only feed my fish once every 2 days and I have a planted tank. Any Ideas?

25 gallon
ammonia 0.6
Nitrites 0
Ph 7.5
Nitrites ?(no test kit)
water temp 79 F

3 Balloon Mollies
3 sword tails
3 Fancy tailed Guppys
3 Glow light tetras
1 Oto catfish

mike gergley 02-18-2012 10:53 PM

did you clean the filter?........even in tank water you will loose some good bacteria sometimes resulting in a few day spike ammonia

Chris7 02-18-2012 11:05 PM

I have'nt touched the filter in a month, I just thought of something. I just started fedding my Oto cat some Nutrafin "bottom feeder pellets" and I never removed them. I wonder if they are breaking down and increasing the ammonia?

mike gergley 02-18-2012 11:06 PM

all waste can contribute to water quality

Inga 02-19-2012 06:33 AM

In a planted tank I cannot imagine that just a little bit of food on the bottom is a huge issue. Are you sure one of your fish didn't die in there? Maybe laying down on the bottom somewhere? In a heavily planted tank, we can't see all the fish.

Chris7 02-19-2012 01:34 PM

I keep close tabs on my fish population, and all fish are accounted for. So I'am realy not sure what's going on?

Byron 02-19-2012 07:23 PM

Test your tap water on its own. It is not unknown for municipal water to suddenly contain ammonia, nitrite or nitrate.

If you have live plants, I wouldn't worry about ammonia, esp at this small a level.

Chris7 02-19-2012 09:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Byron (Post 987462)
Test your tap water on its own. It is not unknown for municipal water to suddenly contain ammonia, nitrite or nitrate.

If you have live plants, I wouldn't worry about ammonia, esp at this small a level.

I tested my tap water and it was fine, but I tested the water again today and the ammonia level is back to 0 :-).
I guess the plants are doing there job.


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