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Old 10-03-2011, 03:46 AM   #11 
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Ok guys get this. I get home and do a quick water check.
Ammonia still hovering around.25ppm.
I did about a 30% water change this morning. Anyway out of curiosity I checked the water straight out of the tap and the ammonia levels were .5ppm
What the?
so I rinse out test tubes with water from the tank and results are in between 0 and .25
Anyway Siam's tank has less ammonia than the water we drink!
Where to from here guys?
Do I still do a water change? Do I let it cycle a few more days. I am so confused. I have managed to get his temp up to around78.4. Seems really warm and toasty!
And lastly water has gone slightly cloudy.
Oh the joys of fish keeping!
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Old 10-03-2011, 06:31 AM   #12 
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Ok guys get this. I get home and do a quick water check.
Ammonia still hovering around.25ppm.
I did about a 30% water change this morning. Anyway out of curiosity I checked the water straight out of the tap and the ammonia levels were .5ppm
What the?
so I rinse out test tubes with water from the tank and results are in between 0 and .25
Anyway Siam's tank has less ammonia than the water we drink!
Where to from here guys?
Do I still do a water change? Do I let it cycle a few more days. I am so confused. I have managed to get his temp up to around78.4. Seems really warm and toasty!
And lastly water has gone slightly cloudy.
Oh the joys of fish keeping!
maybe your tap water has very high ammonia to start with. I'm not sure though. Test your tap water.
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Old 10-03-2011, 08:34 AM   #13 
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Ok guys get this. I get home and do a quick water check.
Ammonia still hovering around.25ppm.
I did about a 30% water change this morning. Anyway out of curiosity I checked the water straight out of the tap and the ammonia levels were .5ppm
What the?
so I rinse out test tubes with water from the tank and results are in between 0 and .25
Anyway Siam's tank has less ammonia than the water we drink!
Where to from here guys?
Do I still do a water change? Do I let it cycle a few more days. I am so confused. I have managed to get his temp up to around78.4. Seems really warm and toasty!
And lastly water has gone slightly cloudy.
Oh the joys of fish keeping!
Oh the joys indeed sometimes lol
Some water conditioners can reduce the ammonia and nitrates, somehow, someway, it works. The tap water is generally safe for us, just needs a few tweaks for fish.
If he is still showing .25+ ammonia, just do a simple 100% water change and see how that works out. But if it is below .25, I'd wait a day or two to give him a rest from all the stress he's had the last couple of days. Just keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't spike up, if that happens, then an immediate 100% water change.

Once you get the balancing act down, it will become very simple and easy. But starting up new tanks can be a headache.
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:22 AM   #14 
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But if he's trying to cycle the tank, shouldn't he not do a 100% change?
I'd say do daily 20-30% changes until the tank cycles.
You'll have ammonia present- but just make sure that it doesn't spike beyond .5ppm.
Also test your tap, like Miyazawa suggested. Sometimes tap has ammonia in it already, and if that's so then you can't really do anything other than buying spring water. :/
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Old 10-03-2011, 09:59 AM   #15 
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He didn't say he was trying to cycle the tank, and he did check his tap water, it was .5ppm
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Old 10-03-2011, 10:01 AM   #16 
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Do I still do a water change? Do I let it cycle a few more days
Not cycling?
If the water is already at .5ppm from tap, I suggest buying Spring water.
Stuffing your tank chock-full of plants would also help a bit.
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:27 AM   #17 
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Hi guys, just to clear a few things up, yes I did check the water straight out of the tap and yes it was about .5ppm And we drink the stuff!
Anyway checked water again and showing hardly any signs of ammonia, so something must be happening in tank. Will wait another few days before a water change. Just a bit anxious as it is a new tank, only set up on Sun, so i guess it is cycling. Thanks a lot guys for all your help. I have never had fish before but am really enjoying it!
Have 2 tanks, one in each of the boys bedrooms, both about 30litres each tank, so really want to get it right as they have become really attached to the little guys!
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Old 10-04-2011, 07:18 AM   #18 
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^^ Glad something is finally going on! :D Congrats and good luck!
Keep us posted in anything else happens or if you run into any other problems. :))
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just remember next time when you do your water change, you are dumping more ammonia in there...if that makes sense :P good luck!
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