For the last few weeks I've been battling severe ammonia in my freshwater 55g and I'm at a loss on how to fix it. I checked my levels yesterday and my ammonia was deep in the dark greens and pH was low. I didn't try to add chemicals to fix pH - I've been told raising the pH will only intensify the toxicity of the ammonia. I've been doing partial/half water changes every 3 days and have added Ammo-Carb to one of my filters.
I'm currently running two Penguin filters, a 400 and 350. The 350 is full of filter pads and ammo-carb, while the 400 has carbon.
2 bala sharks (Currently trying to rehome these guys - my 3rd one died from hitting himself into the tank wall too hard. Don't want it to happen again).
1 Dojo Loach
1 Khuli Loach (Probably going to move this guy into a smaller tank with a few others of his kind at some point).
1 Peacock Eel
I normally feed them 2 frozen bloodworm cubes, standard that you can get from the frozen case at petsmart/petco. Sometimes I substitute or add a brine shrimp cube if I have them.
The tank is a 55g with a mix of gravel and Flora Max substrate. It's sitting on a reinforced dresser that I'm replacing soon with a better support system. I originally had a 10g and when I upgraded to the 55g I just put all the 10g water and filled it up the rest of the way with dechlorinated water. I'm thinking I might have a cycling issue for I didn't wait to add fish and get things started...
I have a lot of live plants I've been growing out, clipping, and replanting the clipping.
And a few other smaller ones I forgot the names of.