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Old 02-24-2014, 03:20 PM   #1
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.05ppm Ammonia a concern?

Hi All,

New at fish keeping. My office has no windows so someone suggested I try a freshwater tank to help with ambience. I'm finding the whole thing enjoyable. I was given a 10 gal High Half Moon. It's cycled been up for a month and a half. Two weeks ago I added fish, and things are going well. I do a 25% water change every 7 days. I realize my tank is at capacity and i'm balancing on the edge when it comes to 10 gal water management. As noted in my profile, I upgraded the filter that came with a tank to give a little bit of wiggle room.

My questions are about a .05ppm Ammonia readings at day 5 in the week.
  • How concerning is .005 ppm Ammonia?
  • Should I do an immediate water change on day 5 or watch it till 7?
  • I've been feeding once daily. Is this too often and causing an increase? (Combo flakes/bloodworm)
  • How likely is it that the gain in Ammonia is due to the last 3 new fish I added and my cycle is just catching up to the new bio-load?
  • Fish are acting fine. I'm not planning on adding any more.

Thanks for the words of wisdom!
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Old 02-24-2014, 03:40 PM   #2
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The gain is almost certainly due to adding fish, but it is miniscule. Stay with your regime, you are doing absolutely fine.
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I agree with pip, keep an eye on it though, if it gets any higher than it's worth some thought.
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0.005ppm is nothing. 0.05ppm is supposed to be the amount when fish start being affected. Gill burn etc.

Assuming you mean free ammonia.

Here is a useful chart which may help

Your Guide to Ammonia Toxicity
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You mention .005, .05. Do you mean .50 reading with a test kit? You wouldn't be able to read .05 or .005

I'm definitely not trying to nitpick you, just trying to clarify the parameters given. I am guessing you meant .50 ppm ammonia from either a strip tester or an API liquid kit.
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You mention .005, .05. Do you mean .50 reading with a test kit? You wouldn't be able to read .05 or .005

I'm definitely not trying to nitpick you, just trying to clarify the parameters given. I am guessing you meant .50 ppm ammonia from either a strip tester or an API liquid kit.

Seachem do a product called ammonia alert which measures free ammonia. However, this measures 0.05ppm and will show 'alert'

Good question though threnjen.
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