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Old 10-14-2013, 08:34 PM   #1
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I have 20 gal freshwater tank with 10 community fish (Danio's, molly's etc). The water test strips indicate high ammonia and very acidic water (off the scale). I treated with Tetra Easy Balance and Seachem Neutral Regulator on advice from store. After 10 days and 3 water changes (25% each) there is no change to test strip readings (confirmed by the water test in store. Tank been fine since I started it 9 months ago!

What to do? What to do"
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Old 10-14-2013, 11:16 PM   #2
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You need to do 4 things straight away.
1. Remove/rehome half of those fish.
2. Stop using those chemicals
3. Get your own liquid test kit, API freshwater kit is a great kit
4. Do a large 70% water change.
When you do these steps, you will need to keep a good eye on the water chemistry and test daily and be prepared to do some daily water changes. Did you cycle the tank before adding the fish??
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Hi

Thanks for the reply

Just curious - Why stop using the additives?

The tank was fine since start-up 9 months ago. It just deteriorated suddenly.
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If the water ph has been like that for 9 months, I wouldn't go changing it now. The rise in Ammonia could be from overfeeding, stock growing or a dead fish rotting. I would advise you to get you own freshwater liquid test kit. API make a good one. Strips are notoriously inaccurate. How many times are you feeding, twice daily/daily or every other day. When you get your test kit, I would check all your parameters and then you will have much more accurate results to work from. You could stop feeding for a day or two and see if that lowers the Ammonia.
Ideally you should not need to add any chemicals to a fw tank apart from Ferts(plants) and dechlorinater....
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No problem, hope it helps....
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