I noticed that my male crowntail looks as though he has some fin rot coming on or blackened tips on his tail from ammonia. Upon looking more closely and watching him, I have noticed that he is slightly bloated near his belly. His gills seem slightly red though it is hard to tell with his dark coloring and he has stress stripes. I tested his water again which I just changed yesterday and the day before and noticed that the ammonia was high again! Upon checking the well water that I get from the tap, I found out where the ammonia is coming from. This quick dip strip has the ammonia level as between .5 and 3 (stress and harmful)! I grabbed some ammonia clear from the local walmart because it was all I could get to and used a double dose because of the high ammonia.
I plan on going to talk to someone at the LFS tomorrow. Will he be alright for the night? I have put some aquarium salt in the tank but the cycle is not yet set in the tank. I am afraid to do a water change since I know there is ammonia in that water. What else can I do? Will the bloating go away and should I fast him?
He is in a 5 gal. Temp is 76. 1/2 tsp of aquarium salt per gallon was added. 50% water change yesterday and 100% day before. I have been doing daily changes back and forth since I noticed some strange scales on his head several days ago. Nitrate and Nitrites at 0. pH is 6.8. Alkalinity is 100. He has only been eating 2-3 pellets twice a day. Usually 2 in the morning and 3 at night. He is alone in the tank.
Also, I noticed that he was laying on the gravel at a few points today and this is the first I have seen him do this. Please let me know what you think!
I do have a 1 gal critter keeper if I need to move him. Suggestions?