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Ammonia spike.

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Old 11-02-2007, 01:10 PM   #1
 
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Ammonia spike.

Not really an emergency, but I am pretty confused. My tanks been cycled for a few months now, everythings been good. I was just checking the water and I have traces of ammonia. My nitrites are 0 ppm, pH 7.5 so they were fine. But my ammonia was 25ppm, and my nitrates were still ok, just a little high, closer to 40ppm. So I have performed a water change and levels are good again. I'm just stumped, the only thing I can think of that would have caused it is I have 5 new fry in the tank. But I really didn't think they would be big enough to make a difference. My tank is 10 gallon with 5 swordtails, three shrimp, and one snail. Plus the five fry that were discovered two days ago. I perform a 10-15% water change once a week, so now with the fry in the tank should I be preforming more than one water change a week? Any advice on how to prevent another disaster? (Last time I had fry they were all killed by poor water conditions due to my tank not being fully cycled). Thanks!
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Old 11-02-2007, 01:13 PM   #2
 
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Although the tank has been cycled for a few months, it is still young. What size are the swords at the moment, how often do you perform water changes, and how often have you been feeding?
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Old 11-02-2007, 01:21 PM   #3
 
I strongly reccomend you use Seachem Stability, double dose and use it daily. Also use Aqua Safe by tETRA IN the main tank only once, you can safely double the dose amount but only once, and in your water changes, only one dose. got it?If you have undergravel filter, now that is a problem, they are very troublesome and not very safe, use a canister filter or a back filter instead, clean the media alternatively every week,s to keep sit clean, do not overfeed, and keep very listtle gravel in the bottom of the tank, enough to cover it, gravel traps detritus and also gives problems. check out the water you use for your water changes, i reccomendo reverse osmosis water or DI water. I do hope this helps.
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Old 11-02-2007, 01:24 PM   #4
 
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Hmmm the swords are like an inch... slightly over an inch, I perform one weekly 10-15% water change (Last one was on sunday, but I had a weird feeling to I checked the water today). I feed a pinch in the morning, and if I see my snail up and about, or one of my shrimp being active I'll break it off a tiny piece of algea wafer. No more than once a day. and I havn't really desided how I am feeding the fry yet, I do have the liquid drops but the big fish just suck it through the net, and I crushed up a flake but they didn't seem interested. Unless they ate it when I wasnt around.
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Old 11-02-2007, 01:31 PM   #5
 
if the swords do not attack the fry do not worry, the fry will start to pick small amounts of uneaten food, but a think the snail has problems of breathing is it?
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Old 11-02-2007, 01:36 PM   #6
 
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I strongly reccomend you use Seachem Stability, double dose and use it daily. Also use Aqua Safe by tETRA.
Are these products safe for inverts? I am pretty skeptical about adding meds to my tank. I love my frankinsnail, hes great lol he licks my finger when he comes to the top of the tank... Kinda weird but whatever. Any more natural ways of doing it? Thanks for the replys, they are greatly appreciated
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Old 11-02-2007, 01:41 PM   #7
 
i can assure you with closed eyes, they are perfectly safe for freshwater inverts and saltwater inverts, do not worry, i have tried them several times in all my tanks. do not worry, you can even search the seachem web at seachem.com or tetra aquarium products.
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Old 11-02-2007, 01:45 PM   #8
 
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if the swords do not attack the fry do not worry, the fry will start to pick small amounts of uneaten food, but a think the snail has problems of breathing is it?
Mmmmm Well I don't really want to risk the fry loose in the tank just because my fish would most deffinatly eat them. Um not really sure what you mean by the snails breathing problems. It is an apple snail so it has the tube thing that it sticks out of water and breaths the air. If that helps. Alright, I'll go to the fish store tonight and check out some prices. I'm really broke but if it's not to expencive I'm sure I can deal. I really need to get like 30 bucks and go out and buy another ten gallon for the fry, it seems like it might help solve a lot of my problems.
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Old 11-02-2007, 05:50 PM   #9
 
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jesus villaseņo wrote:
I strongly reccomend you use Seachem Stability, double dose and use it daily. Also use Aqua Safe by tETRA.


Are these products safe for inverts? I am pretty skeptical about adding meds to my tank. I love my frankinsnail, hes great lol he licks my finger when he comes to the top of the tank... Kinda weird but whatever. Any more natural ways of doing it? Thanks for the replys, they are greatly appreciated


Not sure about the Seachem Stability but Tetra AquaSafe is a water conditioner used to de-chlor your tap water during water changes. It eliminates chlorine, chloramine and heavy metals.
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Old 11-04-2007, 02:20 PM   #10
 
you can use both products safely. scout' s honor.
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