I have a friend who has been having some problems with her tank and would be greatful with any ideas that others might have that could help her out. Here is the conversation that I have had with her so far.
i have one giant sucker fish... 3 neons... and stupid guppies that are dying left and right on me! i'm down to 2 females and 3 babies... (had 6 adults and they were throwing out babies left and right)
i've been so frustrated with this tank! it's a 20 gal. and i'm having an ammonia problem... and it won't STOP! i have to change the water every couple days! for a while i was changing it daily it was so bad...
ME: i am a relatively new fish owner and have only been keeping fish for about 2 years so i have not had problems with high ammonia yet, have you cleaned the tank with something like windex?? windex has high ammonia levels and will cause high ammonia in your tank. try using water and vinegar to clean the tank
MY FRIEND: i researched and researched night after night... no chemicals... NONE!!! :(
just looked at the orange female... and her scales are all raised... she'll not make it more than a day or two... sighs... i won't do guppies again! yes.. the neons are awesome! warriors of my evil tank! LOL
MY FRIEND: BAH she's got dropsy... most likely from the crappy water conditions... there was a couple weeks that i was changing the water daily... it's been so much work... and so little joy with the flush burials...
if all the guppies end up dying... then i'm just going to let the tank be for months and see if it stabilizes... and then add hardier fish...
ME: Did you check the ammonia levels from the tap itself?? i read that sometimes the tap water can have high ammonia levels
MY FRIEND: yes... i did... it checks out perfectly fine... for almost 2 months now, the tank has vacillated in ammonia levels from stressful to dangerous... i've changed the water 3 times this week!!! :( i've even tried 2 different kinds of ammonia stabilizing products... those don't work either. i've gotten the stuff that helps increase and grow the 'good' bacteria to help ammonia... nothing... and i'm hoping that now that i'm down to 3 babies, that i didn't see ick on one... already went through that too! UGH
i feel horrible! the one with dropsy... she's still alive... her scales aren't as pine coned as they were yesterday, but she's still not doing well. i don't wanna euthanice her... but i guess if her guts start bloating i will have to. sighs.
but if i lose all the guppies... i'm near tempted to take the neons and the sucker fish out... and clean the entire tank (other than the one part of the filter)... and just start over with a clean tank and wait a couple months... seeing as those shouldn't overload a fresh tank... or at least i hope it doesn't!!! LOLOL
ME: hmmm well i know that when the tank is in the process of cycling the ammonia will spike and then the nitrites(?) will spike as the tank cycles. have you had to euthanize a fish before?? if not i have done some research into it and can tell you a couple of different ways to do it although i hope it doesnt come to that.
MY FRIEND: ah... i just went to look at the tank and couldn't find her... poked around some and she was dead in the fake hollow log... i just pulled her out and flushed her.
tested the ammonia level again... even after changing out 5 gal with a vacuum the ammonia level still is at the harmful level. i've never euthanized a fish before... brandi was telling me how to do it today... usually i separate them out when they are close to dying in the net so i don't lose them. so now... 1 sucker fish. 3 neons. 1 female guppy and 3 babies are remaining... not sure if the babies will make it either...
if all the guppies die... i won't be getting any more guppies in the future. sighs...
i really just want to clean out the tank and boil the rocks... but i'm not sure if that will make things worse for the fish now... UGH help! hahaha
Thanks again and any suggestions would be helpful