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?
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
did you clean the filter?........even in tank water you will loose some good bacteria sometimes resulting in a few day spike ammonia
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?
all waste can contribute to water quality
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.
I keep close tabs on my fish population, and all fish are accounted for. So I'am realy not sure what's going on?
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 guess the plants are doing there job.
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