First of all, thanks Steve for merging the posts for me. I will be a bit more careful next time. I am familiar with these VB Boards.
Second, I can not return the fish to the place I bought them. I purchased them on Sunday, and on Monday the placed burned down. They lost pretty much all of the fish I was told even the "prize" specimens in their huge tank were lost. Fortunately they were able to save the puppies and birds and stuff.
My ammonia readings grew for 17 days they were off the scale
Did you also have fish in the tank?
Would water changes to bring down the ammonia level be a good idea when it reaches .25 ppm
? Right now I am very close to that reading and my fish are showing no signs of stress. They are going about their business as the day I put them in.
What should I be looking for in the reaction of the fish to tell me that something may be wrong. I do not want to kill them, I would rather change the water at times to keep the ammonia levels down. This I suppose would also make the "cycle" time a little longer too?
Thanks for your responses. You people are great here. I have learned more here than any other place on the internet.
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