20 Gallon Tank ammmonia won't go down

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You should do a 50% water change as soon as possible...Wait a couple hours, test again... and do another one if needed, especially if there are fish in the tank. If your tank is in the process of cycling and you're doing a fish in cycle... expect to do a lot of water changes, as many as needed to keep the ammonia as low as you can get it! (and please tell me that you aren't keeping 1 acrid cichlid, 2 American flagfish, 1 bumblebee goby, 1 albino bristlenose pleco in the 20 gal? That tank is way too small for that stock and would be the reason you are having ammonia problems.)
 
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You should do a 50% water change as soon as possible...Wait a couple hours, test again... and do another one if needed, especially if there are fish in the tank. If your tank is in the process of cycling and you're doing a fish in cycle... expect to do a lot of water changes, as many as needed to keep the ammonia as low as you can get it! (and please tell me that you aren't keeping 1 acrid cichlid, 2 American flagfish, 1 bumblebee goby, 1 albino bristlenose pleco in the 20 gal? That tank is way too small for that stock and would be the reason you are having ammonia problems.)
I have removed the Acei and the Jewels are at minimum size and I will.relocate them In a little bit of time also I have a bushynose pleco thats also very small and I'm using prime with my water changes and also the tank was been cycled a while ago I just put in shrimp (10) a couple of weeks ago and it turns out that the my fish love shrimp so after they all died I couldn't find all the body's and it spiked the ammonia
 
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I have removed the Acei and the Jewels are at minimum size and I will.relocate them In a little bit of time also I have a bushynose pleco thats also very small and I'm using prime with my water changes and also the tank was been cycled a while ago I just put in shrimp (10) a couple of weeks ago and it turns out that the my fish love shrimp so after they all died I couldn't find all the body's and it spiked the ammonia
I would definitely hop on that 50% water change then
 

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I have removed the Acei and the Jewels are at minimum size and I will.relocate them In a little bit of time also I have a bushynose pleco thats also very small and I'm using prime with my water changes and also the tank was been cycled a while ago I just put in shrimp (10) a couple of weeks ago and it turns out that the my fish love shrimp so after they all died I couldn't find all the body's and it spiked the ammonia
Hello; Sounds like you may have found a potential cause for the ammonia spike. Decay of dead plants, animals and excess food can add ammonia.
Here is a link to a site that may have some useful information.

http:///nitrogen_cycle.html
 

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Just wanted to add that Ammolock works basically the same way that Prime does. It 'binds' free ammonia for 24-ish hours, but it'll still show up on a liquid salicylate test like the API one. The bigger concern is why the tank's biofilter isn't processing it. Hopefully it's just a case of overfeeding, but keep a close eye on it, it may be something else entirely.
 
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