Debated between habitat section and emergency section. Figured this one was the best.
I have heard that Prime is a good way to lower ammonia. Is this true? My tap water runs at 1.0 ppm on it's own. With conditioner, it is magically lowered to 0.5ppm, but it still concerns me. I need to lower it ASAP. I plan on going out and buying prime between my classes tomorrow. At the moment I have Ammo-carb in a filtration bag running through my filter.
Could this cause my fish to quit moving randomly? He acts fine otherwise. He eats, swims normally, flares at everything, etc. Sometimes he'll just stop everything and bob/flow with the filter sway; even tilt sideways. He does it in the weirdest of places, too! While swimming, on a plant, against the glass, on the filter intake, and even in the middle of flaring.
His temp is 80*F and everything else is in check (PH, nitrite, and nitrate wise), except that the ammonia won't lower from 0.5ppm. 5.5G divided tank.
I'm really trying my best, but I can't really do much when my tap water is running ammonia higher than my tank. If the Prime won't work, then I'll just buy water from the local water store. T.T
Sorry for the glass reflection, but this is what he looks like doing it. He always moves when he sees my camera's red focus dot....I grabbed my camera when I was testing the water parameters so I could get him doing it before he moved. That was twenty attempts later at catching it on camera (more or less, but it's been a high number of tries). Everything else seems to be fine, though! He eats like a champ and flares like a macho man.
Best case scenario: Is he just trying to take a nap...? He's a lot bigger than my pet store bettas, so it looks a LOT scarier to see this one doing it!!!