Any ammonia is too high for fish. It burns their gills. During cycling with uncured LR
my ammonia went off the charts (8.0+).
If using fully cured LR
you may never see a reading above 0 if you have enough of it to cover your bioload. The fact that you are seeing an increase in ammonia means that a) you don't have enouhg fully cured LR
to cover the bioload of 1 fish; b) the LR
was not fully cured.
OR, do you still not have any LR
in the tank, just the live sand?
Why don't you post listing everything you have in the tank including all the equipment you have. Please post real number for the water parameters too.
What size is your tank?
How old is your tank ? This a a 20 gallon, right?
How much LR
, a/o LS
is in the tank? 20 pounds of LS
, but no LR
Is the LR
cured ? (when)
How did you cycle your tank and when? Still cycling, correct?
What inhabitants do you have ?
What filter are you running ?
What PHs are you running? (power heads used for water movement)
What kind of H20 are you using ? Distilled , tap , RO
Are you using any additives?
What are your water parameters ?