So this morning I notices that little Caviar was not moving around as much and wouldn't eat. I tested the water and the Ammonia was at 8.0 ppm. I started to freak! All I could do was do a 90% water change and rush to work (already late at this time). The tank has been up and running for about a year now and I added live plants about 2 months ago. I cleaned out a lot of dead plants on Sunday. My filter was also a bit clogged so I cleaned it out and without thinking about it I cleaned the filter under running tap water (I know that was bad). I did also rearrange some of the plants this Sunday. I have never had any problems with this betta or this tank before and I take really good care of this little guy.
Could cleaning the filter and moving the plants around have caused such a high ammonia spike and what should I do?
Thank you all very much for your help.
What size is your tank? 5G
What temperature is your tank? 78-80
Does your tank have a filter? Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? No
Is your tank heated? Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? None
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? Pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish? 3-4 Pellets once a day
How often do you perform a water change? once a week
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 10-25%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? Standard conditioner
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?
Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed? not changed
How has your betta fish's behavior changed? not moving much and not eating
When did you start noticing the symptoms? today
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? just water changes
Does your fish have any history of being ill? No, first time
How old is your fish (approximately)? I don't know, I got his from someone who couldn't take care of him.