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2.5 gallon ammonia spike??

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My new betta Midnight had his tank spike to .25 ammonia levels in 24 hours after being set up. I noticed he wasn't being as active as he was yesterday which gave me a hint to check the water. This morning he did have a large bowel movement (about a 1/2 inch stringy brown waste). I'm a little concerned over the amount as neither of my other Bettas have ever went this much. Could it be the new food?
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Well turns out his waste has turned white and stringy. Is it common for Bettas in the large retailers such as Petco to have parasite?
Ammonia spikes tend to happen shortly after a tank is set up and a fish is introduced.. continue to check it periodically for the next couple of weeks, and when you see an increase in ammonia like that- do a small 10% water change to bring it down.
Also keep in mind a lot of conditioners, such as Prime, will turn ammonia into ammonium, which is safe for the fish but registers as ammonia in tests.

You say turned.. did the one he did previously turn color, or is it new? White stringy doesn't always mean parasite.. keep an eye on him and see if it happens again before you put him through treatment.

And yes, especially at places that buy their fish from mass breeders, you will find fish with all different types of illnesses- including/especially parasites.
This is new and he is acting lethargic today and he did it again. So I'm going to go ahead and treat him.
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