Help! Cloudy With High Ammonia!!

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We went away for the weekend, and on Friday morning when we left all levels were perfect. Ammonia was a lil high at just under .25ppm. We came home today and we could barely see the fish in the tank!! The ammonia was between 4-5!! We did a 50% water change and the fish are still ok....but we are lost as to what happened and what do we do next??!! Please help! I posted a picture as well.
 

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Danielle1 said:
We went away for the weekend, and on Friday morning when we left all levels were perfect. Ammonia was a lil high at just under .25ppm. We came home today and we could barely see the fish in the tank!! The ammonia was between 4-5!! We did a 50% water change and the fish are still ok....but we are lost as to what happened and what do we do next??!! Please help! I posted a picture as well.
Do you know why your ammonia was at .25 before you left???
 

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Danielle1 said:
We went away for the weekend, and on Friday morning when we left all levels were perfect. Ammonia was a lil high at just under .25ppm. We came home today and we could barely see the fish in the tank!! The ammonia was between 4-5!! We did a 50% water change and the fish are still ok....but we are lost as to what happened and what do we do next??!! Please help! I posted a picture as well.
1. is your filter broke???

2. Is there any fish deaths

3. How much do you feed them and when you do is it enough for them to eat in 3-5 minutes? Make sure to remove leftovers.

4. is your gravel clean or have poop in it?
 

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did yall use any kind of automatic feeder while you were gone?

did anyone "help" feed the fish when yall were gone?
 
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filter is working, no one came to feed them, we never feed them more than we should, the gravel was vacuumed before we left, and no fish deaths as of yet....

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did yall use any kind of automatic feeder while you were gone?

did anyone "help" feed the fish when yall were gone?

Nope
 

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Hmm...
Have you seen your fish eating all the food, or just put a small amount in and left?

I had a problem with high ammonia recently, and my fish stopped eating.
 

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Danielle1 said:
We went away for the weekend, and on Friday morning when we left all levels were perfect. Ammonia was a lil high at just under .25ppm. We came home today and we could barely see the fish in the tank!! The ammonia was between 4-5!! We did a 50% water change and the fish are still ok....but we are lost as to what happened and what do we do next??!! Please help! I posted a picture as well.
It may not help but check for any gunk under your decorations and clean that off.
 

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Also check in the gravel for any rotting material. I had a tanks parameters start acting up until I went through the gravel and found a nasty hunk of rotting plant I missed cleaning for a while
 

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within 48 hrs your ammonia jumped from .25 to 5ppm.

did you account for all your fish? a dead fish could cause an ammonia spike.

did you do anything to the filter before leaving? or a water change and forgot the dechlorinator?

for now treat it as a crashed cycle. test daily, use 5x Prime to detox, and do water changes to keep ammonia below 1ppm.
 
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Skavatar said:
within 48 hrs your ammonia jumped from .25 to 5ppm.

did you account for all your fish? a dead fish could cause an ammonia spike.

did you do anything to the filter before leaving? or a water change and forgot the dechlorinator?

for now treat it as a crashed cycle. test daily, use 5x Prime to detox, and do water changes to keep ammonia below 1ppm.
The only thing I could think that possibly could have happened was a possible power outage while we were gone. There were some nasty storms....
 

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And is that a 29 gallon? How many fish? That's quite a large jump (over 400%) in a short amount of time.
 
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Morpheus1967 said:
And is that a 29 gallon? How many fish? That's quite a large jump (over 400%) in a short amount of time.
It’s 55 gallon

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What's the pH?
6.6

Islandvic said:
Maybe I missed it, but how long has the tank been up and running?
A month and a half
 

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At that low pH the ammonia is nontoxic, which is why the fish are fine. You're lucky because it would be a dire situation in a higher pH. I'd still change water to lower it.

If no fish died/went missing and no one fed the tank while you were away then something else changed. You say the tank's been running six weeks. What has changed recently - stocking, maintenance routine, changing/throwing away filter media?

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for now treat it as a crashed cycle
Agreed.
 

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Danielle1 said:
We went away for the weekend, and on Friday morning when we left all levels were perfect. Ammonia was a lil high at just under .25ppm. We came home today and we could barely see the fish in the tank!! The ammonia was between 4-5!! We did a 50% water change and the fish are still ok....but we are lost as to what happened and what do we do next??!! Please help! I posted a picture as well.
I'm having a similar problem. 2 weeks ago I experienced an ammonia spike and my nitrites and nitrates are higher. 2 days ago I woke up to a cloudy bacteria bloom. I've done water changes, cleaned my canister filter and media, etc. My fish are all doing fine, but some of them had been hanging up at the top of the water at the beginning of the spike. I wish I could help, but I thought I'd share that I'm having the same problem. Good luck.
 

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Julabean said:
I'm having a similar problem. 2 weeks ago I experienced an ammonia spike and my nitrites and nitrates are higher. 2 days ago I woke up to a cloudy bacteria bloom. I've done water changes, cleaned my canister filter and media, etc. My fish are all doing fine, but some of them had been hanging up at the top of the water at the beginning of the spike. I wish I could help, but I thought I'd share that I'm having the same problem. Good luck.
Water changes are sufficient during a cycle. If you clean out you filter then you’ll kill off th bacteria and have to start over again ):
 

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