Hello. I just set up a 55 gallon fish only tank. I moved everything from my 20 gallon into the 55, and added 35 gallons of new water and some more live sand. I did this on Wednesday night. Since then, the ammonia has been rising. It was at .25 on Wednesday, 1.0 on Friday, and it jumped all the way to 4.0 today. Why could this be happening? There are no dead fish, I haven't changed anything, and I have the protein skimmer running just as before. The nitrites are very low and nitrates are lower than before we switched everything. The ammonia is the only problem.
Also, what can I do besides water changes to control the problem? I have been adding Ammolock and "Cycle," but I was wondering if there is a way to actually get rid of the ammonia that I don't know about. I'm still learning about water chemistry so please be kind