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Old 01-28-2017, 04:42 PM   #1
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constantly high ammonia

I have a 10g tank that is stocked pretty much at 100% on aqadvisor and I can't get a good ammonia reading. I change the water about 30% once a week, and I always vacuum the gravel in the whole tank. My ammonia last time was .25 now it is a little higher even though it is right after a water change. how can I fix this without constantly changing the water and stressing the fish?
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1. Increase the WC % from 30-50.
2. Feed less. Less nutrients going into the tank, less waste from the fish.
3. Reduce your stocking
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I can only keep 4 gallons of water in my room at a time so as high as I can go is 40%. I'm not getting rid of my fish, I don't have anywhere to put them and I don't want to bring them back to a store when they are (mostly) healthy.
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Then feed less. Or do WCs 2x a week.
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I will. I just did another one right now. I think my fish are dying from it and I feel absolutely horrible. They are either twitching or super lethargic. My black tetras have lost all their color and now are completely white. Please help me! It wasn't like this earlier today!
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Put prime in. Do wc put more prime in.
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water conditioner? (I have a different brand). I already did 2 water changes today and their water is pretty cold because of it. They are a little better after the 2nd one, less twitching. I may have to wait a bit I don't want to shock them with the cold.
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Why can't you get temp up when doing water changes
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I usually use cold water because the hot water pipes in my house can sometimes have rust in them. I did do a little bit of warm water last time and I may do it again.
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Someone suggested that I check my tap water, and it seems like the reading is between .25 and .5, but I've tested my tank water before and it's been 0. So either the test is off, there's suddenly more ammonia in the water, or the good bacteria was killing it all off to get it to 0.
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