4 years ago #1
Bobbymoore1234
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My fish have been dieing the last week.
I've bought a liquid test kit and my ammonia is 8 and my ph is 7.7.
Can any one help me to lower it.

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4 years ago #2
mjrkiller308
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welcome to the forum and to lower both u have to do weekly water changes of about 30%to50% of ur water and to lower ph u can buy driftwood and put it in ur tank. but first did u let ur tank cycle first.

if u dont know what this is type in nitrogen cycle in the search engine on top of page. how big is ur tank. if n e thing they have ammonia neutralizing granuels and ph down chemicals at ur local fish shop. but i would prefer the water changes and the drift wood.

with ur ammonia that high do 2 water changes a week of 40% of ur water and let it cycle(let the filter flow the water through it and create the benificial bacteria) for about 4/6 weeks b4 introducing n e more fish k gl if u have n e more questions we would love to help

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4 years ago #3
Bobbymoore1234
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It's a 60l tank and I did let it cycle befor I introduced fish. The filter I was using is useless according to a man from the local aquarium so I have 2 filters running at the moment. The new one is a fluval u2. I'll take the old one out in a few weeks. I'll do what you said and see what happens in a week. The old filter is a elite stingray

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4 years ago #4
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How long did you let the aquarium cycle, and what was in it at the time? A sixty gallon tank can take up to six weeks to cycle. If the nitrogen cycle is working, someone dumped in too much food. Uneaten food quickly produces toxic ammonia, and too much of it will overwhelm the nitrogen cycle.

The first corrective measure is to change about 30 percent of the water now. Tomorrow, change about 25 percent. Do that every day until ammonia and nitrite measure zero. Try to get the replacement water to about the same temperature as the original aquarium water, and use a good water conditioner like Stress Coat.

Since there are fish in the aquarium already, your options are somewhat limited. As suggested above, please learn about the nitrogen cycle. Some water conditioners also neutralize some of the toxic ammonia, but they do not deal with its source. A few new products on the market also contain the beneficial bacteria that make the nitrogen cycle work. One product (Start Smart) claims to instantly cycle an aquarium. If you can find it, please let us know how well it works.

PS: For now, don't worry about the pH or a bigger filter.

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4 years ago #5
Bobbymoore1234
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I let it cycle for a week at first. Don't know what it was in the beginning . When I bought the tank the guy in the shop just said turn the pump on and wait a week. I'm learning all the time with all the advise off this website. The first lesson is not to listen to people in pets at home. I'll get on to the water change. Wish me luck.

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4 years ago #6
johnarthur
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Probably 90 percent of the people who start in the hobby do the same thing you did, so don't feel like the Lone Ranger. If you're not old enough to remember the Lone Ranger, don't worry about it. Good luck, and keep us posted.

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4 years ago #7
Ebrahim
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whoa 8 ppm of amonia!anything above 0.5 is lethal.
If u want to lower the ph of ur water then add sum driftwood or blackwater extract.peat or katapa leaves and even dried oak leaves put in the filter will lower ph slightly

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4 years ago #8
Bobbymoore1234
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Right, ive got my ammonia down to 3 or 4 . Fron doing water changes and only feeding once a day. How long should it take to get it back to 0

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4 years ago #9
achintya
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i think it may take 7-10 days to drop down the zero level.but time may vary.do partial water change and you will reach your goal quickly.

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4 years ago #10
dkpate
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If you have that much ammonia, you might want to do 1-2 50-70% water changes every day.

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4 years ago #11
Bobbymoore1234
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I've been changing my water everyday now for 10 days, reduced feeding to once a day and haven't bought any new fish and my ammonia is still about 7. I'm running out of ideas. Can any1 help?

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4 years ago #12
Breesta20
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Don't feed your fish for 2-3 days! It will reduce the waste ammount in your tank. When you do start feeding them again, only a small ammount! It's very easy to over feed them. That's the mistake i made.

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4 years ago #13
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It seems very unlikely that ammonia is so high after all those water changes. Are you sure the ammonia test kit is giving accurate measurements? If it is, a significant amount of ammonia is being released into the aquarium every day. The trick is to find the source. Some possibilities are expired water conditioner; something big and dead; someone dumping in a bunch of food while you're not there; no substrate or filter element to hold the beneficial bacteria; cleaning fluids; or some material that does not belong in an aquarium (contaminated substrate, window sealer, food, a toxic decoration, etc).

I suspect the test kit is wrong. If it's measuring accurately, all of the fish should be dead by now. Please let me know if any of this helps. Just for the heck of it, you may want to have the water tested at an aquarium shop.

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4 years ago #14
ChaosReborn
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I don't see how the ammonia is still staying at high levels even with the water changes. The water changes should reduce the ammonia considerably.

Another thing you may want to consider is maybe the water your using to replace the old water has ammonia already in it. If your on city water, you may have ammonia in the water already. Try testing the new water your putting in the tank.

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4 years ago #15
Bobbymoore1234
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Their isn't anything dead. I tested the water out of the tap for ammonia and it was fine. Thats how I know the kit is fine. The filters are fine and the water Conditioner is new. I'll try taking the ornaments out. And stop feeding them for a few days.

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4 years ago #16
Bobbymoore1234
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And their not been over fed because I'm the only one in the house and have been the last week.

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4 years ago #17
Socrates
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I'd do a fish count. It's a possibility there's a dead or decomposing fish somewhere in the tank.

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4 years ago #18
Phil Saint
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Thats really high for ammonia, don't worry about your PH as long as the PH remains stable it wont be a problem.

have you been vacuming the gravel when you do a water change ? this will help remove fish waste and watse food. what fish do you have in the tank ? the fluval U2 is a brilliant filter and can cope with alot more than 60 litres so i dont think thats the problem.

even if your cycle was finished and all the benificial bacteria present, a reading of 8 for ammonia would be alot for the bacteria to handle.

i know what you mean about pets at home.... they sell everything but don't really specialise in spicific animals or fish

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3 years ago #19
Jamil
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Lower your ammonia with a water change but not a lot of water get ammonia chips put n bag into the filter don't change the filter just put the bag n and u should b good now 4 the ph sometimes your tap water might b high already so get ph down u b good :Mike

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3 years ago #20
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High ammonia means the nitrogen cycle is not working, and this can cause fluctuations in pH.

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3 years ago #21
christer
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i think you should give more info

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