1. Size of aquarium (# of gallons) 20
2. Is your aquarium setup freshwater or brackish water? freshwater
3. How long the aquarium has been set up? 3 weeks on Monday
4. What fish and how many are in the aquarium (species are important to know) 4 female bettas, 4 platies, and 1 UD cat
5. Are there live plants in the aquarium? some floating wisteria something or other
6. What temperature is the tank water currently? 79 degrees
7. What make/model filter are you using? Top Fin 20
8. Are you using a CO2 unit? no
9. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? very slight amount
10. When did you perform your last water exchange, and how much water was changed? last Sunday-25%
11. How often do you perform water changes? once a week
12. How often and what foods do you feed your fish? twice a day, and a combination of flake, pellets and either freeze dried or frozen tubifex, blood worms, brine shrimp or daphnia (I use a different one each time, not all of them at one time) and with the flakes and pellets I use one or the other, not both at the same time.
13. What type of lighting are you using and how long is it kept on? flourescent-4-6 hrs daily
14. What specific concerns bring you here at this time? I have lost 3 fish now and my ammonia levels have sky-rocketed
15. What are your water parameters? Test your pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. nitrate=0, nitrite=0, GH=75, KH=300, pH=8.4, ammonia=6.0
16. What test kit are you using and is it liquid or test strips? test strips
17. When was the last time you bought a fish and how did they behave while in the pet store tank? 2 weeks ago, and they were fine...acted like normal, happy, healthy fish.
I am just very concerned about the ammonia levels. Why is the ammonia high, and the nitrate and nitrite levels staying at 0? I know that this is just cycling tank right now, and that the fish that I put in there were for the purposes of cycling only, but I still hate to see them die. Knowing that it may be something I'm doing or have done.
Little-Fizz suggested small daily water changes, but I haven't had the chance yet. Thank you for the advice Little-Fizz, sorry that I haven't taken it yet. I am getting ready to do that this morning. But being that the ammonia is so high, should I do more than a small water change? If so, how much?
Help from you experts is greatly appreciated, and my fish will love you too!