Thread: Now an ammonia reading :(
04-24-2013, 08:26 PM #1
Now an ammonia reading :(
Nitrates went up again, despite continuing with WC. I did several daily 75% WC, moved ornaments to vacuum gravel in caves/etc. Thought I'd done the right thing but seem to have triggered a mini cycle? Ammonia reading of 1ppm yesterday - first time I'd seen any in many months Stopped feeding, did another 75% WC, added extra Prime ... today 0.5ppm. So it's more WC for me.
Where did I go wrong?
My tank, nothing special but mine
04-24-2013, 10:31 PM #2
Ammonia reading after a successful cycle leads to a few questions,
How do you clean your filter and media?
How often are you losing fish besides the two in that link?
Your doing water changes is the best remedy right now. Try and keep the ammonia level under 0.5ppm. Looks like your in for a bit of work until this clears up.
Having all those plants in your tank does make it difficult to find a deceased fish as you said. Mine usually end up against the filter in-take.Warning; Bulldog Pleco guarding my Sons tank now..
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04-25-2013, 07:46 AM #3
Thanks for your response.
Not lost any more fish since those two in one night, but I have lost a small apple snail.
Haven't cleaned the filter or filter media in a few weeks. I used to just wring out the sponges in tank water and tip out the canister. Is this something I should do now? The filter intake has a sock over it to protect the shrimpies (I opened the canister once to find a shrimp waving up at me) so there are never any large bits of anything in the canister.
0ppm this morning but that's probably still last night's Prime ... Will check again this evening and presumable do another WC! Luckily tank is only 5m from a tap so it's not too hard work!
04-25-2013, 10:19 AM #4
if you were not cleaning your substrate before, and just started now, that can sometimes lead to water quality problems if there was a buildup or crud in your substrate form un-eaten food or fish poop (or both). Once you start cleaning the substrate, that build-up can be released into the water causing the types of thing you are talking about here, specifically increasing ammonia and nitrates .
Reguardless of the exact cause, keep handling the situation as you are doing right now, testing daily and large water changes to keep the water safe based on your test results. I would also suggest to keep cleaning the substrate with your waterchanges just to be safe
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