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Old 03-25-2005, 03:51 PM   #1
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qt ammonia problems

Ive been having ammonia problems in my 20 gal qt. The last fish I had to take out after a week and a half, because I was afraid the high ammonia was hurting it too much. Now its happening again. Im doing, atleast, 20% water changes every other day, and my levels still dont seem to be dropping. What am I doing wrong?

Im running 2 filters, one bio-wheel and one not. I also have a pump to circulate the water. Im thinking the tank is just cycling, and if I wait the ammonia would go down, but I dont want to injure my fish if this isnt true.

Any help would be appreciated.

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Old 03-25-2005, 04:05 PM   #2
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How many times are you feeding a day. You might want to feed everyother day and do on good 50% water change and then go back to 20% every day. Do you have any pvc elbow in there? HTH
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Yes I have a pvc elbow, and I only have been feeding once every other day. I do leave a clip with some seaweed in it, since I have a tang in here now. Im going to start doing daily water changes, hopefully this will work.
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Is the biowheel new. If it is old and has dried up it may have die-off that is increasing the ammonia levels. besides time, there is no harm in the daily water changes. good luck
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Actually you can remove the media from the biowheel. It just builds up excess nutrients.
How many fish in this tank? Just the Tang?
I would go with Sango's suggestion on the water changes, until your biofilter catches up with your load.
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