Originally Posted by kris16
I am not sure what else to do to get my ammonia level down. Just started my tank two weeks ago. I have two blood fin tetras i lost my molly last week. I have tried water changes. Everything else is fine.Can you give me any suggestions?
First thing I recommend is you read the link below on fish in cycle ... since your tank is new, it's not established meaning the Beneficial bacteria have not set in yet. How are you testing the ammonia? We recommend you get the API test master kit ... test strips are notoriously unreliable. We also recommend you get a bottle of Seachem Prime ... it helps detoxify ammonia and nitrites for up to 24+ hrs.
Second ..how often are you feeding the fish and how much? Excess food can breakdown into ammonia + your tap water (if your PWC
source) can also have some ammonia. Fish can be fed once a day and you can skip a day or two in the week. That will help control excess ammo from uneaten food and fish waste.
Third ... fish poo will also lead to ammo buildup ... but regulating feeding should control this. If you haven't already, get a gravel vac and do some vacuuming of the substrate when you do your PWC
's. You can do part of the gravel at the time with each PWC
Continue with the PWC
's, read up on the link and that should help control any ammonia buildup. Keep us updated.
I just learned about cycling but I already have fish. What now?!
75g Planted Barbs Denison, BlackRuby, Tiger, Albino Tiger, Green Tiger, Cherry, Gold, Checkered, Odessa.
NonBarbs Cardinal, Neon, RummyNose, Bloodfin Tetras, Z. Danios. 1RTS. Amano, Bamboo, Ghost & RCS. 20g Long Shrimp Tank RCS, Tiger, Amano.