Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Hudson, Quebec, Canada
Ammonia 1.0 is extremely toxic and is killing the fish.
The need for LARGE water changes every day not small ones, is a MUST. There is a possibility that the tank may never cycle simply because the bioload is too large with too little room for good bacteria to establish.
Ammonia once present acts quickly on the fishes gill and while it may not show immediate signs of distress, the damage caused is already reducing its lifespan.
If you can get a larger tank, then it would help immensely. The substrate does not really matter, it is personal choice, sand given the large amount of waste though, would likely look horrible and would need vacuuming almost daily.
If you can get a larger filter, then it will make a difference, you can always add a piece of filter floss to the output to slow the flow down.
10g Fry / Hospital / QT tank (as needed)
75g Saltwater Reef, Ocellaris Clownfish, Lyretail Antias (baby), Lemon damsel, Longtail Fairy Wrasse, purple dottyback, snails, crabs and a few LPS corals.
220g Still sitting empty (come on Lottery I need the numbers to come up!)