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Old 04-28-2007, 04:03 AM   #11
 
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ammonia is back up which i figured would happen and im done for the night ill prolly wake up to 1 dead tiger barb and maybe a dead red tail shark
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Old 04-30-2007, 09:44 AM   #12
 
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The only reason that I can think of why your ammonia is high is that your tank is probably overstocked. Lots of fish create lots of waste which in turn raises the ammonia level. I also am new to the hobby but I learned to follow the rule that says One Inch per Fish per Gallon. But you have to remember that when your fish age they get a lot a bigger. Your tiger fish could grow up to 3 inches a piece! Good luck = )
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Old 04-30-2007, 11:55 AM   #13
 
I would probably do bigger water changes, 30%, each day since the ammonia will "bite" you quick and you might not have to worry about your tank being overstocked for too long. I don't normally like to use chemicals in tanks but at levels of 8.0, I would. Also a Dr Foster & Smith has the API Master Test Kit for $16. You won't find it for less in any stores. It's well worth the money!
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Old 04-30-2007, 03:14 PM   #14
 
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I was thinking earlier. I give my fish omega one brine shrimp 1 once a week and it seems every time i do thats when the ammonia goes crazy and i have to put some ammonia remover. could that be the problem
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Old 04-30-2007, 05:09 PM   #15
 
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If you put lots in, and the majority of it doesn't get eaten, it will rot and spike ammonia levels.
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Old 05-01-2007, 05:40 PM   #16
 
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i did about a 45% water change yesterday which didnt do much and lost the tiger barb RIP. And Im going Out tommorrow To get bio spira and hope that speed it up
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:06 PM   #17
 
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I was thinking earlier. I give my fish omega one brine shrimp 1 once a week and it seems every time i do thats when the ammonia goes crazy and i have to put some ammonia remover. could that be the problem
Is it the type that comeds in wee tubes in a jelly? I find that rots really quickly. I'd suggest making sure you only feed it in small amounts that they can only eat in a few minutes - no more.
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Old 05-01-2007, 06:45 PM   #18
 
no it comes in liek a big cube pellet but when i feed them i only give them about 1/4 sometimes 1/6
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Old 05-03-2007, 03:06 AM   #19
 
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I know this may sound like overkill but, I would focus on your filtration.

Consider adding a biological media supplement to your filter to boost filtration, also consider a larger filter for the level of stocking that your aquarium is at.

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