Originally Posted by Danio3
As I thought it was disease I washed out the tank with diluted vinegar and replaced the gravel and changed all the filter media and at that time thought I understood the nitrogen cycle had water tests done by fish retailer all ok got fish died within hours. Now after 6 weeks of doing fishless cycle still seems that I cant get ammonia down below 1 nirates is less than 10 nitrites is 0 ph is 6.4 the hardness ones are o. My tap water has a reading of 1 for ammonia. Tank water on a test strip the chlorine reading bears no resemblance to the chart. If ammonia levels were my only problem I would expect the fish to last longer than 4 hours have I got a problem with Chlorine ? When I last went to the LFS
his test indicated ammonia and he sold me a water treatment to block the ammonia which I added and my ammonia readings went to .5 , got 3 serpae tetras again they all died within 4 hours and I still get these readings I add dechlorinator have done numerous water changes but still not confident of getting more fish.
Can someone help I have been on other forums but cant quite get a solution to the problem.
Hi there! Welcome to AA!
First you're using test STRIPS. Those aren't very useful an are often wrong. Go out and buy the API freshwater liquid test kit. They have it on amazon for a great price.
The ammonia stuff you're using isn't really helping, it's more putting off the issue for a little while. When you get your test kit test the tap water. Check the codes for your local area and see if it's ok, sometimes it's the place you get your water from is the issue.
In the mean while, keep doing PWCs. If need be go get some RO
water from your grocery store, the containers that you get water from or the jugs. They're only like $0.69 around where I live for 3L (1g). And keep doing changes daily.
Are you adding the chlorinator directly after the water change or before you put the water in? Or something else?
Also serpe tetras don't work in that. Size tank... Sorry. I hope that I've helped a bit, hopefully others can help even more!!!