Originally Posted by callylynn
I overfed my fish yesterday while trying to get my ADFs to see the food. I checked my levels today and they were all pretty high.
Ammonia 1 ppm
Nitrite 5 ppm
Nitrate 10 ppm
I did a 50% pwc
and tested again
Nitrate between 0 and 5
So after testing again I vacuumed out more waste and probably changed about 40% more.
Our the levels due to over feeding? Or is my cycle thrown off now? I will test the water again in a little while to make sure everything is okay. All of my fish and my ADFs seem to be fine thankfully!
Most water keepers feed too much. Your aquarium inhabitants don't get much food in their natural living areas. They're fortunate to eat once or twice a week. So, we should all take nature's example and not feed too often. A little variety fed a couple of times a week is enough. The time between feeding is for foraging around the tank to clean up leftovers. The tank stays much cleaner.
The vast majority of tank problems are the result of less than pure water conditions. If you focus on keeping the water clean, everything in it will be healthier. Large, weekly water changes are best. Change half the tank water weekly, no slacking and your tank water will be stable for everything living in it.