I thought I had baby fish, come to find out those fish are live bearers.. They are very small fish. I have 3 guppy fish, 3 tetras, 11 Glo fish, and 3 live bearers. Anyways, I ordered different test strips, for testing the ammonia levels. I will let you know how well that works out. I also own a 20 gallon tall fish tank btw. I bought these test strips on amazon...You are seeing the lack of precision of the test strips. The strips are really only good for detecting the presence, but not measuring the amount.
If you see any color change, then you have something present.
The strips can't see the difference between 3.0 ppm and .5 ppm. They just tell you that there is some ammonia in the water and it is not zero.
It's interesting that right on the Tetra web site, the review for this product also describes how the strips measure way too high. EasyStrips™ Ammonia Test Strips | Tetra®
The strips are not precise enough to see the change in chloramine levels as it outgasses over night either. But the chloramine does leave over time.
So you have some chloramines in your water, but as long as you use your dechlorinator your fish will be fine. And your tank is cycled and fish are happy!
And you have baby fish!?!
What about nitrites? Lets say the ammonia level is actually 3ppm but is not toxic given the pH level, it would be constantly under conversion to nitrites then nitrates. Does the pH level affect the toxicity of nitrites?Folks with chloramines in their water will actually be raising their ammonia levels by changing the water so they cannot keep their ammonia at zero. This leads to confusion that makes one think that their tank isn't cycled, when it is. It's a classic aquarium conundrum.
Given your pH of 7.2, the ammonia levels from your chloramine are not toxic or in any way stressful for your fish. Baby fish would be fine as well.
Here is the relationship between pH and ammonia toxicity.
This is based on toxicity studies on real fish and is the standard tables used in aquaculture.
This is why we measure pH. To know if we need to worry about ammonia.
Yes, opposite to ammonia, toxicity in nitrite goes up the lower the pH, peaking at about 6 if I recall correctly. Luckily most nitrifiers in low pH environments skip the nitrite stage of the nitrogen cycle resulting in minimal amounts.
I thought I had baby fish, come to find out those fish are live bearers.. They are very small fish. I have 3 guppy fish, 3 tetras, 11 Glo fish, and 3 live bearers.
There is no way I could get rain water. I could get bottle water thoe. according to my pet store they said my tap water did not have that much ammonia so I had nothing to worry about.
Thank you so much. I worried about it. I was worried for my fish. Thanks for replying to my post. Yes, it's a sponge for washing dishes. It had no soap on it.A sponge that is safe for washing dishes for people will be fine for your fish. No worries.
'thanks for getting back to me. I was worried. Yes, it was a sponge for washing dishes. There was no soap on the sponge.A sponge that is safe for washing dishes for people will be fine for your fish. No worries.
My tank is cycled. Thanks for the reply. I won't get any more fish. I will do 50 percent water changes weekly.in all honesty you’re already overstocked as it is, no more fish in general. I can’t really give advice on water changes if you are cycling a tank, but if it’s a cycled tank I would do a 50% water change once a week.
It’s a bit suspicious that the fish store lady didn’t even vaguely remember your parameters if she just tested them.