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Old 12-15-2012, 03:13 PM   #1 
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Unhappy Ammonia Poisoning?

Not really betta but my platy. They have dark spots which seems like something ammonia would do. In a currently cycling tank. I do water changes everyday. What else should i do?
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:04 PM   #2 
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Have you tested the ammonia level in the tank? Testing would allow you to analyze the water and determine whether it's a problem or not.

There should be a variety of testing kits to choose from at your LFS (local fish store), or on Amazon, etc.... There are test kits that for multiple water parameters, such as ammonia, pH, nitrate, nitrite, etc. And there are single kits that test for just one parameter only, such as ammonia, etc.
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Old 12-16-2012, 12:30 AM   #3 
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i have my test kit. Ammonia is 0.6-1 before and after water changes. Idk what i can do to make it drop
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Old 12-16-2012, 03:09 AM   #4 
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You need to do larger changes and you need to do the changes sooner. It should never hit 1 http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=47838
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:20 PM   #5 
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oh okay i'll do 40-50% WC as from tomorrow then
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:24 PM   #6 
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Test daily with a drops kit. Do a water change when the levels hit .5ppm and condition with Prime or NovAqua Plus
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:26 PM   #7 
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I test daily, make daily water change and my petshop don't have these. I only have tetra aqua safe. On the back it says it fignts chloramine, chlorine and dangerous metal?
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:39 PM   #8 
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It doesn't detoxify ammonia, so it won't be helpful during your cycle but it will workd to remove the chlorine like any conditioner will do.

Do you have a petco or petsmart near you? They have Prime.

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Old 12-16-2012, 07:43 PM   #9 
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if my water is white due to chlorine and i add it, do you think the water will become clean?
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Old 12-16-2012, 07:47 PM   #10 
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That's a good dechlorinator BUT, in dealing with chloromine, it turns it into chlorine and ammonia. It then deals wit the chlorine. See what's missing? You need water conditioner that converts harmful ammonia into harmless ammonium. That's what Prime does.

Callistra is right. You need more and bigger water changes. Ammonia and nitrite should never exceed 0.25ppm <period>
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