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Old 07-30-2013, 10:43 PM   #1 
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Question Ammonia and pH are going up: HELP!

Hey guys,
So last week my betta's ammonia level went up to 0.1-0.3 and being a new betta owner I sped to the pet store and asked how I could bring down the level. The guy gave me a small sack of rocks to put in the filter and I did it. I changed the water today and tested again and the ammonia is the same and now the pH is slightly more basic (from usual 7 to somewhere between 7-8). I know how to test the ammonia, but have no idea how to fix it. What is happening? What do I do?

He's a VT, don't know how old.
He's not acting any differently: it's more of a stop it before it does affect him emergency.

His tank is a 10 gal., with a filter, no plants.
Usual levels are:
Ammonia: 0
pH:7
I do a 50% water change every week.

I feed him everyday: 3 betta bites and 1 freeze dried bloodworm.
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:49 PM   #2 
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Hmm, maybe add some plants that will soak up the ammonia? Or try frequent 50% water changes. (like one 50% water change every 2 days)

I really have no clue lmao, since I've never really had that problem. I hope some of the other members will be able to offer solutions and help you out.
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Old 07-30-2013, 11:15 PM   #3 
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Oh, as for the pH, you can always try adding driftwood or Indian Almond Leaves
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Old 08-01-2013, 04:24 PM   #4 
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How long has this tank been running? Do you know if it's cycled? Readings of .1-.3 are unusual. What test kit are you using? Not sure you want to raise your pH with those rocks.

Good advice from Mar about adding plants.
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Old 08-02-2013, 01:37 PM   #5 
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I would add something like AMQUEL immediately; it neutralizes ammonia to keep your fish safe, but doesn't stop your cycle.
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Old 08-03-2013, 09:34 AM   #6 
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Prime and Amquel are the two most highly-regarded conditioners. At least Byron says so. That's good enough for me.
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Old 08-03-2013, 01:45 PM   #7 
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Hey guys,
Thanks as always. I've fixed the pH and I'll try the Amquel and then maybe some plants for the ammonia.

P.S.- the rocks were an AquaClear Filter Insert: it was supposed to filter out the ammonia.
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