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Ammonia Problem

Postby DanDman18 » Mon Dec 12, 2011 12:36 am

I know this sounds like a beginer question, but in my 30 gallon baby tank i can never get the ammonia less than .25 ppm. I was wondering is this very harmful. I overfiltrate like crazy but it doesn't help. I have two AC 30s and even an AC 110, but the level won't go down. Even after a 50% watch change it goes up after a few hours. Also, i feed every other day as a way of trying to keep it lower, any ideas?
 
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Postby yasherkoach » Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:59 am

first if you could define "baby tank", this will help

but I will assume the fish are either juveniles or fry

even though I frown upon chemicals in the tank, if you apply Seachem Prime chemical remover at each water change, the ammonia (and nitrite and nitrate) levels will go down to zero. Prime is a little expensive, but when I first got into this hobby, I had all kinds of contraptions in the tank and used all types of chemicals, and the only chemical I wound up using before I eliminated all chemicals was Seachem Prime with each water change

on the filtration, it's okay to have too much filtration, but if the filtration robs the nitro-bacteria the chance to continue its nitrifying cycle, this could be the culprit.

May I ask how long you've had this tank up and running?

Meanwhile, go buy a bottle of Prime, do your water changes, use it for two weeks, then let us know of your results
 
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