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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-22-2013, 10:09 PM Thread Starter
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Ammonia high, nitrates and nitrites at 0?

What could this mean and how can i fix it?
Nitrates and nitrites are at 0 ppm but ammonias at about 8!!
Used API's Freshwater Master Test Kit.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-22-2013, 10:16 PM
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It means you need to do a WC immediately. I'm guessing your tank isn't cycled? What size tank is it? And how many fish/inverts are in it?

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It means you need to do a WC immediately. I'm guessing your tank isn't cycled? What size tank is it?
Uncycled and 2.5. It's been up and running for about one to two months, so shouldn't the filter and stuff be settled already?
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How often do you do water changes? Are you trying to cycle it? Is it just one betta?

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How often do you do water changes? Are you trying to cycle it? Is it just one betta?
Trying. And every week. One male betta and a snail.
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Maybe consider trying Tetra Safestart. It will jump start the cycle by adding the beneficial bacteria. But 2.5 may be too small to keep a steady cycle, I don't know though, I've only cycled 5+ gallons. And you're doing too few WCs anyways...especially for a 2.5 IMO.

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post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 11:07 AM
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Why is this under contests?

5 gallon
One betta
10 gallon
Two bettas, divided
Three mystery snails
20 gallon
Seven female bettas
Four oto cats
Five juvenile female guppies
One goldfish (temporary)
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27 fish....
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Why is this under contests?
Maybe the contest is to guess why it's under contests.
Anyways, TC needs to do a WC. That's about all I can suggest.

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