OK so its been a few years since I've had a tank. I did though remember a few things from when I had one last.
I have a 55 gallon. I cycled it and its been cycled for a few months. Or so I thought? I had fish in my tank for about a month before this current issue. My parameters were 0, 0, 20. My PH 7.4. I have pretty hard water. I currently am using AC110 HOB
and a fluval 306 as filters.
A friend of mine had 4 Bolivian Rams that needed a home, or her husband was going to flush them. She doesn't trust Petco or Petsmart to take good care of them, so asked me if I would.
So, I added the 4 to my tank. Unfortunately by doing so I believe I created a mini cycle. Or, crashed my cycle somehow, since I now have ammonia present. No nitrites. And I do have nitrates as well.
I have been adding Stability and dosing with Prime in between water changes but I'm just not seeing anything budge. Its been 2 weeks almost with me fighting this stupid ammonia.
I have zero ammonia, nitrites or nitrates in my tap. I sucked up all the fish poo off the bottom of the tank and did a 30% water change yesterday, and it still shows .5 ammonia. I had thought it might have been from me feeding daily as I do have some heavy poopers in my tank, but even with getting all the poo up, and me changing to feeding them every other day, its still registering the same.
I will continue to do what I need to do to fix this, but I just dont know how long this will go on??? Should I keep adding stability?
I even added Tetra Safe Start a few times (its worked for me before) and still nothing (yes I did wait 24 hours to add TSS after dosing Prime). Will my bacteria eventually catch up?
My parameters are .5, 0, 10. PH is still the same.
I do have some live plants that I added after I noticed the ammonia. Hornwort, Amazon Sword, Anubias Nana Petite, Marimo Moss Ball, and Corkscrew Val. Even with adding these (nothing dead or rotting, and even so I added these after I noticed the ammonia) I see no change.
Any help would be appreciated. Thank you