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Old 08-26-2011, 09:31 AM   #11
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Water changes every other day of less than 50% when ammonia is that high is not enough, IMO. First you'll need to do a massive water change; just leave enough water on the bottom for the fish to swim (70-80%). Refill, then test the ammonia. If it's still over .25, do another water change. Keep doing this until the ammonia is as close to 0 as possible. Then you'll want to keep it there, so test the water daily and do water changes every day as needed to keep the ammonia as close to 0 as possible. I fear the tank wasn't truly cycled and now you are in a fish-in cycle situation. Using Prime as a dechlorinator will help too. There's a link in my signature: new tank with fish; read it and it will guide you.

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