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Old 01-12-2010, 01:11 PM   #1 
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Seeking advice on Ammonia

Ok, so my 12-gallon tank has zero nitrites and nitrates but a high level of ammonia, according to my test strips and the little color changing disc stuck to the side of the tank. Even doing weekly 50% water changes, with the biowheel kept in the remaining water, isn't pushing it down either beyond 0.05ppm. I feed the kids (1xbetta and 4xJulii Corys) every 4 or 5 days, with today being dinnertime which consisted of two algae disks for the corys and about 4 cut up dried shrimp for the betta.

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Old 01-12-2010, 02:03 PM   #2 
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After a bit of Googling (is that really a word?) I tried lowering the pH and the ammonia seems to have dropped.
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:36 PM   #3 
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I would not count on this as a way to contol ammonia. The ammonia isn't dropping, it has just converted to ammonium.

Your testing methods -both the test strips and the indicator- are very inaccurate. I would invest in a liquid test kit such as the API Freshwater Master Test Kit before you take your ammonia readings at face value.
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:43 PM   #4 
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Yeah, the readings do seem odd; they show as being very high whereas the fish all seem quite content.
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:46 PM   #5 
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I agree with Kelly on the API master test kit. Everyone around here recommends it.
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:07 PM   #6 
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Dude, API should be sponsoring us lol! We recommend it to everyone!!!

Works every time!!!
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:26 PM   #7 
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Dude, API should be sponsoring us lol! We recommend it to everyone!!!

Works every time!!!
lol!! Agreed!
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:31 PM   #8 
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Well, I picked up a liquid test kit and it's a dark green, so the ammonia is definitely there.
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:01 PM   #9 
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Also, Cories need shrimp pellets. They're not algae eaters, they're catfish. Hikari sinking pellets are a good brand.

And yeah, the API kits are the best. Strips said my ph was 5. It's actually 7.4 :[
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:14 PM   #10 
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Algae wafers should be fine. Their main ingredient is fish, believe it or not. But you can also feed them sinking wafers and shrimp pellets to mix it up. Actually I think most shrimp pellets have more algae in them than algae wafers :/

The moral of the story: Read your food labels kids! No wonder ottos never go for algae wafers!!!

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