Originally Posted by tonyf
Ok guys get this. I get home and do a quick water check.
Ammonia still hovering around.25ppm.
I did about a 30% water change this morning. Anyway out of curiosity I checked the water straight out of the tap and the ammonia levels were .5ppm
so I rinse out test tubes with water from the tank and results are in between 0 and .25
Anyway Siam's tank has less ammonia than the water we drink!
Where to from here guys?
Do I still do a water change? Do I let it cycle a few more days. I am so confused. I have managed to get his temp up to around78.4. Seems really warm and toasty!
And lastly water has gone slightly cloudy.
Oh the joys of fish keeping!
Oh the joys indeed sometimes lol
Some water conditioners can reduce the ammonia and nitrates, somehow, someway, it works. The tap water is generally safe for us, just needs a few tweaks for fish.
If he is still showing .25+ ammonia, just do a simple 100% water change and see how that works out. But if it is below .25, I'd wait a day or two to give him a rest from all the stress he's had the last couple of days. Just keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn't spike up, if that happens, then an immediate 100% water change.
Once you get the balancing act down, it will become very simple and easy. But starting up new tanks can be a headache.