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29 gallon, blood parrot, tap water ammonia 0MrBryan723 said:Tank size and population?
Could also be from the bacteria in a bottle. If it's dead(common) it will cause a spike.
Test your tap water to see what it reads.
Daily water changes are almost a must with fish in cycles, sometimes twice a day.
SeanyBaggs123 said:Do you have a picture?
Maybe we can identify something you're not seeing...
I agree with @MrBryan723 though that bottled bacteria can cause funky water tests for a multitude of reasons including dead bacteria causing ammonia spikes.
Some bacteria's like tetra safe start plus wont work if you condition the water with prime.
They're all different and so many people have different experiences with them
I've never heard of Colony.
Did you precisely follow the instructions on the bottle? Does it say anything about using water conditioners or which ones can be used in conjunction with it?
How are the fish behaving?
Edit: I would also add that a Blood Parrot is, or will become, far too large for that size tank. To put things in perspective I cycled my 60 gallon tank with 1 tiger barb (3/4 inch in size) and then moved up from there. You're cycling a small tank with a large and messy fish. Hard to do.
Yes, he does come out of the house to eat but does so reluctantly as he acts like he’s terrified of me. Not like any parrot I’ve ever owned before.SeanyBaggs123 said:The Blood Parrot's behavior is odd I suppose. Is he still eating? How long have you had him?
Also, @Skavatar brings up a really good point. Your test kit likely doesn't distinguish between ammonia and ammonium. The bacterial starter is probably the root of your test results if you tested the water the same day as the 80% water change. I'd probably give it a week or so and test again unless the fish starts showing obvious signs of illness.
I have successfully done fish in cycles twice now, but the uncertainty of test results when using bacteria starters is exactly why my reef build will be a fishless cycle
Ok ty! U only add the beneficial bacteria once & that’s already been done yesterday. I’ll use the Prime but should I also use the Stability w the water changes?SeanyBaggs123 said:The water looks cloudy... so that's a good sign.
If he's still eating after a couple weeks and looks fine I would do one of two things:
1. Stop using the beneficial bacteria. Perform 50% water changes every other day, and dose prime after the WC's until you're cycled.
2. Trust the beneficial bacteria you bought, stop testing for a week and re-evaluate at that time.
I re-read my post and see how it could be confusing.Trice said:
pH 7.2, nitrites & nitrates 0. I have rerun the ammonia test & it’s still an 8 w practically a whole new tank of clean water!Momgoose56 said:Your tank is still cycling. That is the only reason you have ammonia persisting in your tank. A cycled tank will eliminate ammonia originating from the tap water or from fish waste. Bottled water won't make any difference in that case.
Ammolock and Prime do the exact same thing. They both dechlorinate and bind low levels of ammonia/nitrites into a form harmless to fish. You need to use one or the other but not both. Ammolock has to be dosed daily and to treat replacement water, Prime is dosed every 48 hours and to treat replacement water.
I think the ammonia reading of 8 ppm was an error. Your fish would have died within minutes with an ammonia level that high. What are your pH, nitrite and nitrate levels?
Ok ty!SeanyBaggs123 said:I re-read my post and see how it could be confusing.
I propose you do one or the other of the two options above. Not both.
Either trust the bacteria and stop water changing/testing for a week.
50% Water change every other day and dose prime until you're cycled.