HIGH AMMONIA and algae bloom

Chad8282

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Just tested all my parameters nitrate-0 nitrite- between 0-.25 and ammonia shows around .50 I’m doing a fish in cycle with two clowns and it’s been almost a week. I know cycling will take much longer and I had added seachem prime yesterday also if my nitrate is 0 how is it that I have a small alage bloom? Hard to tell on picture but small brown blotches are pockadotted everywhere in one corner. How can I address this ammonia?
 

FishSupreme

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Do 50% water change now, or do a 10% water change today then do more for the next 5 days.
 

Dunk2

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Chad8282 said:
Just tested all my parameters nitrate-0 nitrite- between 0-.25 and ammonia shows around .50 I’m doing a fish in cycle with two clowns and it’s been almost a week. I know cycling will take much longer and I had added seachem prime yesterday also if my nitrate is 0 how is it that I have a small alage bloom? Hard to tell on picture but small brown blotches are pockadotted everywhere in one corner. How can I address this ammonia?
I agree with FishSupreme. . . Time for a water change.

But, water changes during a fish-in cycle shouldn’t be based on a pre-determined schedule or percent change. Instead, test often (daily) and let the test results determine when and how much water needs changed.

Edit to add: If you don’t already know this, Prime is only effective up to a combined level of ammonia and nitrites of 1 ppm.
 
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Chad8282

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How should I go about adding water. I have a huge problem my only water source I can hook rodi machine up is a cold water tap and it’s very cold. Currently I have a heater while it’s filling on. Also my main concern is how should I add salt should I mix in my 5 gallons then test it make sure it’s 1.025 then dump in tank? Or just put the rodi water in the tank then add salt
 

bcsay720

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Brown algae feeds off silicate in your water, so it's not really "algae." They're diatoms. They can be outcompeted, but I have a full planted tank, and they still show up. It's a good sign that things are moving though. Keep using Prime to detoxify the ammonia, and, as everyone said, water changes are the best!
 
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Chad8282

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bcsay720 said:
Brown algae feeds off silicate in your water, so it's not really "algae." They're diatoms. They can be outcompeted, but I have a full planted tank, and they still show up. It's a good sign that things are moving though. Keep using Prime to detoxify the ammonia, and, as everyone said, water changes are the best!
Can these diatoms be dealt with somehow?
 

Dunk2

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Chad8282 said:
Can these diatoms be dealt with somehow?
Wipe them off. Diatoms are not uncommon in new tanks and often go away on their own.
 

Jesterrace

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Chad8282 said:
Just tested all my parameters nitrate-0 nitrite- between 0-.25 and ammonia shows around .50 I’m doing a fish in cycle with two clowns and it’s been almost a week. I know cycling will take much longer and I had added seachem prime yesterday also if my nitrate is 0 how is it that I have a small alage bloom? Hard to tell on picture but small brown blotches are pockadotted everywhere in one corner. How can I address this ammonia?
Fish In Cycles are often problematic, particularly with saltwater. Lighting and high phosphates can also cause algae growth and phosphates feed on nitrates.
 

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