Ammonia spike resolving itself

Discussion in 'Aquarium Water' started by xshainax, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. xshainax

    xshainaxWell Known MemberMember

    My 29 gallon had ammonia spike almost a week ago and its already resolved itself. Is that common or am I crazy?
     
  2. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    It is common, your tank is just re-cycling. Basically the same thing happens when you go through your original cycle.
     
  3. Disc61

    Disc61Well Known MemberMember

    Hi Shay, you will have spikes, the question is what caused the spike. and is the cause still in your tank. many times we can do some maintanence of some sort and cause what is called a mini cycle. so, no your not crazy. more details of what you might have done to the tank leading up to the spike may be helpful for us to help you further.
     




  4. OP
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    xshainax

    xshainaxWell Known MemberMember

    The thing that caused my spike was skipping a cycle for 2 weeks and finally when I did, I had to do a 100% water change which screwed up all the parameters. Only fish that is enjoying my cycling tank is my betta, I tried to put new fish in but they all died except two platies
     




  5. Disc61

    Disc61Well Known MemberMember

    is your Ammonia at 0 now? and i am not sure what you mean by skipping a cycle. can you elaborate.
     
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    xshainax

    xshainaxWell Known MemberMember

    Yes it is which is weird. :/
     
  7. Disc61

    Disc61Well Known MemberMember

    I would just watch it daily, if you get any ammonia, do a water change of about 30% using a water conditioner like Prime. and i am not sure what you mean by skipping a cycle. can you elaborate.
     
  8. OP
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    xshainax

    xshainaxWell Known MemberMember

    I meant I skipped cleaning it *Facepalm* The really weird thing is the betta, I thought he would be affected like my gourami who passed away sadly, this morning. I managed to save two platy's I bought earlier and put them in a 2.5 gallon "Hospital" tank
     
  9. Disc61

    Disc61Well Known MemberMember

    I thought that was what you meant, but thought i would let you clear it up. at that point i would have done a 40-50% water change, then another 40-50% in another 3 or 4 days. weekly water changes are always recommended, but if you forget i don't see a reason to do 100%. again, i would monitor your ammonia level and do water changes when need until it re-establishes itself.
     
  10. OP
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    xshainax

    xshainaxWell Known MemberMember

    I'm still new to fish keeping so I am learning from my mistakes, unfortunately for my fish its death :/
     
  11. Disc61

    Disc61Well Known MemberMember

    Don't be too hard on yourself, we all learn from our mistakes. i have lost more than 1 fish in my time as well.
     
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    xshainax

    xshainaxWell Known MemberMember

    The good thing is I hopefully saved the female platy's in time and can put them in the main tank in a few weeks
     




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