Tank is yellow, brown and cloudy - Help!

Dhmario

Tank
What is the water volume of the tank? I believe 20 gallons
How long has the tank been running? About 3 months
Does it have a filter? Yes hob
Does it have a heater? Yes
What is the water temperature? 78.2 F
What is the entire stocking of this tank? (Please list all fish and inverts.) 2 African dwarf frogs

Maintenance
How often do you change the water? Usually once every week but it’s been like 2 weeks
How much of the water do you change? Around 5 gallons
What do you use to treat your water? Stability and prime when I have it
Do you vacuum the substrate or just the water? Both

*Parameters - Very Important
Did you cycle your tank before adding fish? No
What do you use to test the water? Master kit
What are your parameters? We need to know the exact numbers, not just “fine” or “safe”.
2 days ago it was
Ammonia: around 6 ppm
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 5 ppm
pH: 6.8

Feeding
How often do you feed your fish? Every other day
How much do you feed your fish? Couple punches worth
What brand of food do you feed your fish? Tetra
Do you feed frozen or freeze-dried foods? Freeze dried bloodworms

Illness & Symptoms
How long have you had this fish? Around 7 months, frogs don’t seem to have symptoms
How long ago did you first notice these symptoms?
In a few words, can you explain the symptoms?
Have you started any treatment for the illness?
Was your fish physically ill or injured upon purchase?
How has its behavior and appearance changed, if at all?

Explain your emergency situation in detail. (Please give a clear explanation of what is going on, include details from the beginning of the illness leading up to now) Noticed ammonia was high and did a water change and gravel vacuum. Usually use distilled water bc my tap has ammonia in it but the store didn’t have any so I bought spring water bc it didn’t have any additives labeled. I also used Aqueon ammonia neutralizer bc the store didn’t have prime in stock, it smelled stronger than usual. Right after I added the water, my tank started going yellow/brown and cloudy and idk what to do. Mind the horrendous decor, I’m changing it as soon as I get money.
 

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There's probably better ways to go about it (that don't involve chemicals) but when that happened to me I used Jungle Clear Water Solution and it worked super well for me
 
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Dhmario

There's probably better ways to go about it (that don't involve chemicals) but when that happened to me I used Jungle Clear Water Solution and it worked super well for me
I dosed Seachem clarity just now so we will see if it works, thank you
Update: Looks much better. Idk what happened but a TON of particles are sinking to the bottoms and it’s getting better. One of my frogs says hi lol
 

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Kribensis27

Glad it's clearing up!

Are you sure your ammonia is 6? If it is, that's very toxic. Ammonia should be 0 in properly cycled tank, and no higher than 1ppm in fish-in cycle. ADFs are sensitive to water quality, and would have died normally in those conditions, however the one in the picture looks fairly healthy. Could your test be defective?

Also, you said above that you didn't cycle your tank. Your profile, however, says that you know about the nitrogen cycle. The presence of ammonia indicates that your tank isn't fully cycled. I'm assuming that means that you learned about the cycle after stocking the tank, am I correct?

If so, then some ammonia is required for now, but there has to be a small enough amount to not harm the inhabitants. I would do frequent (daily), small (10-25%) water changes in order to gradually get your ammonia down to 1ppm. Try your best to maintain it at that number until it, along with nitrite, fully disappears to be replaced by nitrate. That way your cycle can continue, but your frogs won't be harmed.

When your ammonia is being converted, you will have to keep the combined ammonia and nitrite under 1ppm. Frequent water changes and testing will be a must. When both ammonia and nitrite disappear to be replaced by nitrate, you can then switch to one 50% water change weekly.

Sorry if you already knew all that! I saw 6ppm ammonia, and felt I had to say something.
 
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Dhmario

Glad it's clearing up!

Are you sure your ammonia is 6? If it is, that's very toxic. Ammonia should be 0 in properly cycled tank, and no higher than 1ppm in fish-in cycle. ADFs are sensitive to water quality, and would have died normally in those conditions, however the one in the picture looks fairly healthy. Could your test be defective?

Also, you said above that you didn't cycle your tank. Your profile, however, says that you know about the nitrogen cycle. The presence of ammonia indicates that your tank isn't fully cycled. I'm assuming that means that you learned about the cycle after stocking the tank, am I correct?

If so, then some ammonia is required for now, but there has to be a small enough amount to not harm the inhabitants. I would do frequent (daily), small (10-25%) water changes in order to gradually get your ammonia down to 1ppm. Try your best to maintain it at that number until it, along with nitrite, fully disappears to be replaced by nitrate. That way your cycle can continue, but your frogs won't be harmed.

When your ammonia is being converted, you will have to keep the combined ammonia and nitrite under 1ppm. Frequent water changes and testing will be a must. When both ammonia and nitrite disappear to be replaced by nitrate, you can then switch to one 50% water change weekly.

Sorry if you already knew all that! I saw 6ppm ammonia, and felt I had to say something.
That’s correct, I didn’t know about the cycle when I put them in there. I am using an ammonia neutralizer until the cycle finished. I have heard that they are sensitive to water quality but they have been in ammonia high water with no detoxifier. I feel bad for them bc they have been through so much and through so much naivety from me. They are both healthy as far as I know and they have even laid eggs but I could not care for them. I truly love these frogs and hope that the tank is almost stable so they have a nice home for the rest of their lives! And thanks for the tips, I appreciate it!
 
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