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Old 10-14-2019, 01:39 PM   #1
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Ammonia - too many water changes?

Kept an aquarium years ago, but when I moved new owner took over. Several weeks ago I bought a 7 litre betta haven for one! I kept it for a couple of weeks with just water and bio treatment. Fish shop said water ok so bought fighter. Iíve had him a week and heís obviously not too well. Iíve bought a water test kit and awful high ammonia reading. Is it ok to do a 10% water change every day. I think there is a slight reduction in reading today. But donít want to kill him with too many changes. Read up on the damage Amonia does so not optimistic on his survival.
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You can do a water change many times a day, or continuously. That is what streams do. Beneficial bacteria clings to surfaces, not water, (although it can move through water). Water changes are always good for fish.
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Depending on HOW high the ammonia reading is I'd do 50-75% water change now then another 50% in a day or so until reading is correct
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A 10% water change won't be enough to remove very much ammonia. You could do a 50% everyday if you wanted to. For the most part I don't believe in too many water changes, but there are exceptions to this.
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Also check your tap water directly, to see if there is ammonia in it! Not unheard of that the town/city water ends up with ammonia - ewww! But true.
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