I've tried good size water changes and nothing seems to be helping. My ammonia numbers are climbing every day. Here's a synopsis of what went wrong:
Tank was cycled with 6 damsels, I brought them back to the LFS
, bought a pair of false percs, waited a week and a half, bought a royal gramma, a week later overcleaned my filters (not bioballs), did a 20% water change, ammonia starts to show up. It's been over a week and I'm thinking that any mini cycle should be winding down before now.
The tank is a 29 gallon with wet/dry. I have a sand bed with about 20-30 lbs. of LR
. The tank was fine and the numbers were all good for 4 weeks until this episode.
Is there anything else I might be missing here? Nothing that I'm aware of died in the tank except maybe a hermit crab or snail. Would that cause this? Also I noticed some really dark (close to black) color on a piece of LR
but that rock was pretty much cured when I put it in the tank 4 weeks ago. Could some sort of latent die off be causing the numbers to rise. Oh by the way, the ammonia this morning jumped to above 2.0. I did use ammo lock if this might be messing with the readings, I don't know. I haven't been overfeeding the fish. It's getting to the point where out of fear for the fish, I'm ready to move them out of the tank. But to where, I don't know...
Also, since this is a relatively newly cycled tank (a month or so since it was fully cycled) perhaps is this thing going through something more like a full cycle instead of just a mini cycle?
This sucks. Sorry for whining...