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  1. Exclamation Cant get ammonia levels down.


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    So i made the mistake of buying 2 platys and only having a 1.77 gallon tank i wasn't think and haven't had a fish tank since i was in high school.

    Anyways one of them died the other day but i cant get the ammonia levels down even with 1. I know the tank is small i have vacuumed the gravel cleaned the filter and added the tetra start bacteria.

    Still ammonia levels on those test stripes is at the second highest which is danger.

    I dont know what else to do I dont have money to buy a bigger tank at the moment.

    What should I do? I have drained and replaced the water 1/2 at a time and as soon as i do i test the ammonia and its exactly the same.

    It had this filter in there which uses foam but it sucked up alot of extra food and did a good job of sucking everything up but i had to clean it every day and it was a pain with the foam.
    http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-Elite-Un...te+tank+filter

    so i went and bought the wisper 3i just put it in its doing okay not nearly as much of a current as the last one but its okay.

    Anyways how can i get my damn ammonia down untill i can buy a new tank.

    "i was given this tank"

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    At this point the only things you can do to bring the ammonia down is more water changes or take the fish back to the store and wait until you have enough money for a bigger tank. I recommend the second suggestion.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    ive been trying that but everytime i do the water is instantly toxic again.

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    Have you tested the tap water for ammonia? I still suggest you take the fish back and wait until you can properly care for fish.
    When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
    Brutal honesty will be shown on this screen.
    I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
    Tolerance is a great thing to have, so is the ability to shut up.

    I can explain it to you, but I can't understand it for you.


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    I did and there is like the five levels the default being 0 and then their was safe my tap is at safe. Which most tap water contains ammonia. But its just weird.

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    The test strips are highly inaccurate. Everyone I know or have spoken with recommend the API master test kit. I would also do as mentioned and return the fish until you can purchase a bigger tank. You might also do as mentioned and test your tap water.

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    0 Not allowed!
    Keep doing 50% water changes every few hours.

    Test.
    Change.
    Test.
    Change.

    Obviously declorhinate it and try and get it within a few degrees of whats in the tank.

    If the ammonia doesn't come down and your tap water has none, something very bizarre is occurring.

    Oh and stop feeding the fish, even if they look starving. They will be fine starved for days. Food = Ammonia. Whether it goes through a fish or not. Feed them once, maybe twice a week until the ammonia is under control. No uneaten food!

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