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Old 08-20-2007, 08:15 PM   #1
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year old tank with problems

well i normally have my lfs test my water so i only test for ammonia and nitrite at home and nitrite is undetectable and my ammonia is thu the roof its higher than my tester reads so its prolly about 1.1-1.2

what can i do other than water changes to lower my ammonia
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Old 08-20-2007, 08:51 PM   #2
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I'd say PWC is best but other is getting Amquel or other ammonia removing chemicals.... but from what i've heard it doesn't really remove ammonia but it just turns it into a non toxic form. HTH
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Old 08-21-2007, 12:28 AM   #3
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For a short term solution, water changes are your safest bet. Assuming you match the temp/ph/salinity of your tank with the new water (which should be aerated for 24 hrs first), you can do some major water changes if you need to - upwards of 25% or so.

As previously mentioned, chemical means are out there. Amquel or Prime are a couple examples. But I *think* you'll still read ammonia on a test kit, even if it has neutralized it. At least that's how API "AmmoLock" works.

There's also Purigen. It won't remove the ammonia, but it will remove a lot of what's causing the ammonia in the first place.

Which brings us to the long term solution - figuring out why you have an ammonia spike. Just add a bunch new fish? Did something die? Someone dump a bunch of fish food in your tank without you knowing?
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Old 08-21-2007, 01:17 AM   #4
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i dont know whats going on it happened as soon as i removed the top of my tank to cool it with a fan cause i was having the water reach almost 90 degrees and now im down to 72 and i tested the ammonia yesterday and today and it was dark green

i know that there is always a worst case senerio and that is that i have cats with an open tank my lfs told me i need to be careful of this because they can pee in the tank and create a extreme ammonia spike i hope this is not happening

and for my live stock
i have 1 engineer goby, 2 four stipe damsels, one yellow tail damsel, and three domino damsels, 1 sand sifting starfish, and some snails and dwarf hermit crabs and all this is in a 55 gallon tank
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So yesterday it was zero, and today it was that high? How often do you normally test for ammonia?

Are all your fish accounted for? Are you sure you didn't lose one with the sudden temperature shift and it's wedged somewhere rotting away? (Then again, with all those damsels, I'm sure you'd notice if one was missing!)
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everything is accounted for and no it was dark green both daysant the day befor that is was about 0.4
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Give your LFS a water sample to verify your results. You might have a bad test or made a mistake. How much LR is in your 55?
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i have 65 lbs
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I agree with Mike! I would verify those numbers. Why did your tank get to 90?
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because i have poor ac in my house and the fact that i live in the middle of the desert and its been 100+ outside and only gets down to 80 at night
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