Hey everyone! I need some help, I think I've really messed things up.
My new tank went through a cycle, or so I thought. Ammonia went up, then Nitrite, then both at 0 ppm
and Nitrate at 5-10 ppm
. I added 2 small ocellaris clowns (about an inch each) and 4 crabs for cleanup. That was about a week ago. I've been testing the water everyday and slowly the ammonia has been creeping up. Nitrite is still 0 ppm
and nitrate still 5-10 ppm
. My lfs
said I should start dosing with Ammo-lock to neutralize the ammonia and Seachem stability to add more beneficial bacteria. This morning, the ammonia read 1 ppm
! Have I totally screwed up my tank? My fish seem happy. They move around and eat fine. I haven't done any water changes yet but am planning on doing one when I get home this evening. Will that help get the ammonia under control? Do you think my bio filter is hosed? Or did I not have one to begin with? I've got an Eheim 2217 running and can see brown specs of bacteria, diatoms maybe, on the filter media, I've also got about 50# of base rock that bacteria should be living on.
Thanks for any advice you have!