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Old 01-14-2009, 03:28 PM   #1
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Ammonia Levels

I finally fulfilled a life long dream of owning a big 29 gal aquarium. I did everything I have always done when setting up my 10 gal tanks, and the ammonia is out of control. I used Spring Water from the store to fill the tanks, I then added fish - and the ammonia went through the roof. I bought these Fizzy things and Liquid chemicals that were advertised to bring ammonia levels down - and it's not even touching it.

I read on the back of one of the bottles that the tank will still test positive for ammonia, it's some kind of "safe ammonia" - but all the fish keep dying anyways.

I then replaced nearly half of the water in the tank - and the ammonia level hasn't changed - still high as ever.

I purchased live plants and put them in the tank about a month ago - and they're doing fine.

The only fish I have left is a fan tail goldfish - this has been going on for about 2-3 months.

If anyone has any advice of as to how to correct this problem, I'd be grateful. I've always wanted a big tank, and now that I have one I'm bummed that I've been having weird problems with it. Thanks in advance.

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Old 01-14-2009, 03:36 PM   #2
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Search this (and other sites) on how to properly cycle a tank. That should help to clear up your issue

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Old 01-14-2009, 04:46 PM   #3
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Welcome to AA!! This is a great site to help you get on track with your aquarium.

What are your levels exactly (NH3, NO2 & NO3)? With a fantail living in the tank for 2-3 months you should have a cycled tank.

Other questions:
Filter & size, did you change the filter material?
How often do you change the water?
Why are you using "Spring water"? What is the composition of the water? <Grocery store "Spring water" may be filtered tap water, RO/DI water, or other stuff ... It is usu. better to use your tap water unless it is really way off.>
Did you dechlorinate the water?
What test kit are you using?

Give us more info & we'll try to sleuth out the problem.
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