Hi everyone! I haven't been on in so long. Since I've been gone my dear little Marbles has passed on...I've gotten a DT named Chili Pepper...poor dear fell ill and passed about a month after I got him. Now I have Emanon, and I'm unsure what tail he is but he's gorgeous!
Anyways, Emmy's tail is VERY long and the filter messed it up, so I simply removed it and decided to keep the tank super clean. I have (during my absence) purchased melafix, aquarium salt, a siphon, and live plants. My tank is now a 2gal fully planted tank, no filter...no heater but i have a thermometer and I check frequently, the temp is a pretty steady 80ish degrees.
I keep my plants healthy, taking them out every couple of water changes and removing dead material. I do changes twice a week at least (yay siphon!)...one is around 5% and the other is something like 85%...the siphon is new so I may decide to, every few weeks, go nuts and really scrub everything down and do a 100%.
So anyways, even with daily 50% like I've done the past couple days, I have had a teeny issue with ammonia. I've tested every day (3 days now) and each time the ammonia is up to 0.25...I know thats not a TON but its still there...I was wondering
does anyone have any tips for keeping an unfiltered tank freer of ammonia than this? it IS 2gal, but it seems removing the use of a filter has made the ammonia remain more than with it in use.
Side note: I've had this guy for a week and a half...he's healthy! His tail is growing back very quickly from the filter accident and he has even made two good sized bubblenests =)