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Old 06-09-2013, 08:29 AM   #1 
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Ammonia help....

I set up my tank exactly 1 week ago. Its a 10 gal freshwater. 3 days after I fell upon this site and was reading and realized I needed to do water changes and check params so the tank will cycle safely. I didn't know anything about this till I came here on bettafish. And I'm especially worried since I do have fish in there including my precious betta. On day 5 (of tank setup) I got an API testing kit for ammonia. The master kit was way too expensive. I found a new one cheaper on ebay and waiting for it in the mail. I read the directions and tested the water. It was at 0.25, so I did a 25% water change. Yesterday morning (day 6 of tank setup) the ammonia level was 0.50. So I did 50% water change. Later that day it was reading 0.25. Now this morning, 1 week after setup, (day 7) It's reading again at 0.50.

I think I'm doing more harm than good with frequent water changes. Is there a level of ammonia that is safely allowed? I fear I'm removing any BB that's trying to establish by doing too many frequent water changes.

Can someone clarify this with me and help me out please.

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Old 06-09-2013, 08:40 AM   #2 
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Oh and here are my stats...

10 gallon tank
Thermometer Yes/79 degrees
Filter Yes/Tetra Whisper PF10 Power Filter (came with tank)
No aeration
Heater Yes/Pre-set
Lives with guppies and tetras

Feeding Omega Buffet Betta Food
Once a day

No live plants
Water changes between 25 - 50%
Added Tetra AquaSafe during initial set-up, and using during water replacement after water changes.

API test kit, today ammonia 0.50

I've been doing water changes between 25 - 50%
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Old 06-09-2013, 08:59 AM   #3 
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The BB does not live in the water. They live mainly in the filter media and some in the gravel. Water changes only set you back if you do a 100% water change, because you remove all the ammonia, but even then it only pauses the cycle because your fish will continue pooping :). It will not kill the BB. Keep doing the water changes, and you fish will be happy! Have you thought about using Tetra Safe Start? I think it is designed for a fish-in cycle.
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Old 06-09-2013, 10:05 AM   #4 
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No I haven't tried the tetra safestart only the tetra aquasafe. What's the difference between these two products? Usually how long does it take for a 10gal to become fully cycled?
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Old 06-09-2013, 01:17 PM   #5 
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Tetra Aquasafe is a water conditioner. It removes chlorines and metals from the water. Tetra Safe Start (TSS) is a beneficial bacteria in a bottle. My 10 gal took 2 weeks, but I have live plants. I also did a fishless cycle, so I never did water changes. I think that usually it takes about 4-6 weeks to cycle. TSS will help shorten that time.
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