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Old 09-22-2011, 06:06 PM   #1 
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Always to high amonia

In my 2 vases more than a gal each,and my 2.5 the amonia is aleays high...like scary high...i dont know what to do.the fish are happy though.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:11 PM   #2 
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Hi Betta311,

To lower your ammonia level, a simple water change is necessary.

If you haven't undertaken a water change in a few days, I would recommend a 100% water change - don't forget to add your water conditioner :)

However, you may need to test your tap water to see what the ammonia level is. If the ammonia is quite high out of the tap water, it may explain your high ammonia levels.

Alternatively, it could just be the size of your tank and the amount you are feeding Betta outputs high ammonia levels very quickly. Most will advise 100% daily water changes for tanks under 2.5g.

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Old 09-22-2011, 06:13 PM   #3 
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How many times do you clean it? every 2-3 days I recommend doing a water change :) usually, for anything below 2.5 I say go with a 100% water change...
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:25 PM   #4 
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I do 75% every 2 days.i think its my tap.wgat else can I use.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:29 PM   #5 
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It would be best to confirm it is your tap water - do you have a test kit?

I assumed you had one when you said your ammonia levels were high in the tank.

If you don't have one, it may be an idea to purchase one. Alternatively, you could get your LFS to test it for you, sometimes they will do it for free.
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:34 PM   #6 
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Testing it when I get home :)
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Old 09-22-2011, 06:36 PM   #7 
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If, after following Banicks and Sena's advice, it is still very high, then check your sourcewater. You may have ammonia in your taps, in which case I recommend purchasing SeaChem Prime or AmmoLock to reduce it to ammonium, which is not toxic to fish.

Edit: Oh okay, I apparently type slowly, lol

Edit #2: If it is your tap water (that is VERY bad), then I recommend either grabbing some plants (like anacharis) or buying SPRING water to dilute it with. So fill half your tanks with tap water and half with spring water. Or whatever you need to bring it down to normal.

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Old 09-22-2011, 06:43 PM   #8 
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I know my lps will test my water, I took in samples of tap and tank and they were willing to test both. I know various pet stores are willing to test if you ask.
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Old 09-22-2011, 07:15 PM   #9 
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do your vases and tank have gravel in them? gravel needs to be cleaned thoroughly(a gravel vacuum works) or the poo in it created ammonia, as well as any uneaten food.

If you tap water does have ammonia you can buy bottled water and use that instead.
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Old 09-22-2011, 10:21 PM   #10 
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All my tanks have sand,i clean the sand well.my tap water is like .75 amonia thats no good..my tank with some anacharis and italian val is like .25 thats not to bad but its not 0 like I want it.i put a piece of anach in each vase and I am looking into seachem..soom they are getting a divided 55 gallon thats cycled..cant wait :) advice now?
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