Originally Posted by steph101
How much water change should I do daily? ive been doing 25 per cent and it does not make much difference in the ammonia levels. I feel like if i do 50 per cent daily this will put me back to square one (re cycling the tank). Im thinking I just let my tank go through its mini cycle because if im removing ammonia by doing water changes my tank will never rebuild the beneficial bacteria if this makes sense. But if i do go with that option my fish are at risk of ammonia poisoning.
What are you using to test ammonia? If you can, buy a Seachem ammonia alert that will tell you when to do a water change. Without going in to too much detail there are two forms of ammonia harmful and non useful. The liquid test kits measure all of it combined but the Seachem ammonia alert just measures harmful.
How are the fish reacting? If they are behaving normally then 25% May be adequate but most people advise to change 50% when there test kit shows 0.25-0.5ppm.
Have you tested your tap water? Your water company may have altered something which has higher levels of ammonia. Chloramines are becoming more popular over chlorine to help keep tap water safe but the chloramine includes ammonia.
Also Seachem prime is a good water conditioner that turns all the harmful ammonia in to non harmful for up to 48 hours. The tank will still cycle but the ammonia will still show on the test as prime only changes the chemical state it doesn't take it out.
You have a couple of options there.
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