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The pH of the tap is 7.0. We've done the 50% water changes every other day for weeks on end. No changes, just sky high ammonia.Donthemon said:Have you tested the water you are using? Tap water? That low of a ph effects the ammonia and the cycle. Needs a couple 50% water changes ASAP to start.
That's good but leaves me scratching my head. Since you don't have ammonia in your source water we know it isn't coming from there.Librarian said:No, I'm not
I wouldn't think ammonia would be leaching from it since it is specifically for fish tanks but 2 little fish should not be producing this much ammonia.Librarian said:
Some folks have reported it working quickly. The coral very slowly dissolves and that is how it adds hardness to the water.Librarian said:Oh, really interesting. Ok, we'll go get some crushed coral from the pet store and put it in the tank. I wonder how long it will take for the pH to rise. The tank is cloudy today. We have moss balls we took out of the tank and have them soaking in distilled water. Should we put them back in the tank?
I don't think it should be a problem to put the moss balls back in. Since they are basically a plant they may help absorb some of the ammonia.Librarian said:The tank is cloudy today. We have moss balls we took out of the tank and have them soaking in distilled water. Should we put them back in the tank?
Either way will work. If you just hang the mesh bag try to situate it so that water is running over and through it. If you don't have room in the filter you can hang it below the output of your filter and it should work as well.Librarian said:Which is more effective to put the coral in the Fluvial filter in-between the ceramic and sponge (I've got additional ceramic in there now instead of carbon) or would you just hang the crushed coral in a mesh bag?
I've never used a python but I imagine it would make quick work of water changes. Just be sure to add enough Prime to treat the full 20 gallons when you refill an not just to 10 gallons you are replacing. You also want to turn your filter off during the water change. Wait until the tank is filled back up and the Prime has had a chance to mix well before turning the filter back on.Python coming tomorrow so plan on 50% water change. Also, the gH and kH test bought.
I have to think either your substrate or maybe a decoration is leaching ammonia into this tank. Is the tank at work and this tank getting water from the same water company?I never knew a hobby of simply having a 20 gallon fish tank would be so time-consuming and randomly a lot of extra work, i.e. tank at work no problems at all!
I am very tempted. The bucket method I have always used is getting harder for me to do but I still want to use tank water for my plants so that is what keeps me doing it the way I do it.NoOne said:I bought a python, GREAT investment!
mattgirl said:I am very tempted. The bucket method I have always used is getting harder for me to do but I still want to use tank water for my plants so that is what keeps me doing it the way I do it.