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  1. Hi All, I have been after some ammonia without soap in it for some time now and have not found it any where. I tried to make a makeshift still from a Kmart kettle with the thermo removed and some jars and tube. This was not an overly successful venture. Then today it occurred to me activated carbon will absorb surfactants like soap but not ammonia. So in theory it should give me what I want. has anyone here used carbon to get soapless ammonia from cloudy ammonia. Or does anyone have a better knowledge of chemistry that could confirm this. I'm a little worried about destroying perfectly good carbon and killing all my bacteria.
  2. Thought I had big issues today, I went into the fish room for some general maintenance when I got the biggest whiff of ammonia. My heart skipped a beat and then I was off searching tank to tank for dead fish, at first glance nothing was wrong, at second glance nothing was wrong, I decided I might have caught it in time, and went tank sniffing to a further lack of success. I stood back happy but puzzled, after wiping some sweat from my eyes I finally realised the ammonia smell was coming from me....... Overworking, under watered and with sub par nutrition, I had become a walking talking ammonia spike. So I am thinking of giving up the deodorant and going a bit more natural, do you think I could put some bio balls under my arms and make a human trickle filter? Keeping QLDAF amused since 2013. danstinky84
  3. New member with fish problems! Before I begin: they're mums fishes, but I've had to take care of them the past 1.5 weeks and problems have popped up. I've been reading non-stop about these things online, but if someone can give me some advice specific to my situation, it would be appreciated. - In short: New fish, new fountain, new plant, overfeeding for the last week, recent heat wave saw water levels fall a fair bit To save you all from a whole heap of reading: 9 y/o goldfish is sick - red streaks through its tail, which is torn and ragged. Occasionally seems listless but observed swimming around normally otherwise. Been told it could be ammonia or other types of poisoning Other goldfish was added ~1 month ago, 1yo, tips of fins are black, just slightly, ammonia burns? Fishes have been moved recently into a new fountain by mum. Don't think it was cycled? Size ~55L Pet store told me that: new tank, new fish, new plant in tank, recent heat + low water levels are the cause Was given Melafix bacterial and anti-fungal remedy for 9y/o fish, plus water conditioner to use for both Told to take out the plant just in case the soil is problematic? Separated the fish after the 1yo fish started aggressively trying to nip at 9yo fish tail when plant was removed. Not sure why it suddenly did that [*]Yesterday - partially changed water + topped up levels, separated fish, put water conditioner & Melafix in. PH around 7.5 [*]Today - got an ammonia kit, reading was about 4 Partially changed water 15-20% twice today in my panic, not sure if this was a good idea Ammonia levels were low after the water change, but I understand I should give time after water change before measuring it? Advice needed on: Water change frequency/amount? Should I get something to lower ammonia? Anything else that could help me save them, because if they die on my watch, I'll end up suffering the same fate too Pic below is the 9yo fish. Red streaks through tail and seems torn. Top picture is from yesterday when I just noticed it, bottom picture is today. Lighting is different because I've moved the fish. Just to give you a clearer picture about its condition. Help would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Tetra Ammonia Safe Tabs use a fast-acting formula to detoxify hazardous ammonia in your aquarium water. Each fizzing tab treats 40 litres of fresh water. Works in seconds and provides long-lasting protection. Detoxifies dangerous ammonia Long-lasting protection Easy-to-use fizzing tabs work in seconds Suitable for all freshwater aquariums Great to keep on hand in case of emergency Link - Age of Aquariums - Tetra Ammonia Safe - 8 Tablets
  5. Hi everybody! I've got a problem with my 4ft corydoras tank. On Sunday, after my regular weekly water change and gravel vac, I noticed my corys weren't as active as normal and later that night observed them darting to the surface constantly for air and acting sluggish. I did an emergency water change the next morning and had the old water tested at my LFS to find high ammonia levels. So since Monday i've been doing twice-daily water changes of about 50% each, and while my ammonia levels have dropped significantly, my nitrite levels have started to rise. Seeing as my tank is probably cycling at the moment, are these twice-daily water changes too much? And is there anything else I can do to try to alleviate the stress on the fish? I was using Ammo-lock and Prime initially, but switched over to Supachlor that I received in the mail today (I was worried my Prime is a bit old). I've also got Nitra-zorb in the canister filter and am adding Easy-Life to the mix as well, along with Aquasonic Bio-aid super concentrate and API Quick Start. I've also lowered the water level to get more agitation from the spray bar and powerhead that i've got attached to a 30x12x12 cm pre-filter sponge. I've had the tank for at least 9 years and some of my corys are 10+ years old, so it's not a new tank. Unfortunately though, i've suffered two fatalities so far. Anyway, thanking everyone in advance and apologies if i'm a bit all over the place, i'm pretty stressed at the moment, as I'm worried about my little buggers and want to see them hit 11+ years and beyond! Update 25/2/15: The ammonia issue is pretty much gone (the most I get is 0.5mg/L @ 26C), but my pH seems to be dropping. A day after my weekly water change it's at 6.5 and drops down to between 5.5 and 6, and i'm not sure why.
  6. Bought an Aquasonic Ammonia Testing Kit - comes with an acrylic cylinder of 30+ ml capacity with a push on cap. [see attached photo for comparison] But one only has to use a mere 5ml of tank water to complete the testing. So I have a large container with a small amount of coloured water in the very bottom. So how do I read the test results against the colour chart? Do I remove the cap and look downwards through the container, as you do in the Aquasonic pH test? OR do I look "sideways" through the container holding the test container against the white strip just above the colour squares? I see the API kit comes with test tubes which makes it easy to read holding against the colour chart. But the Aquasonic is a lot larger container and there is a difference in colour depth depending on which view is applicable.
  7. Unpacked a brand new Aquasonic ammonia testing kit. Did a test last night. Followed instructions precisely for 5ml sample. Results after 10 minute wait showed darkest green = 10ppm or more !!! Looked at the fish very closely. Swimming about. Looked at gills. No redness no inflammation. Cories and bristlenoses all down below. Fish ate when I fed them. Gave the kit the benefit of the doubt. Did another test to instructions at 6.30am this morning (Wednesday). Results after the 10 minutes process time - black/green ?? Did a 25% water change with Supachlor. Came back home from work checked out fish (tropicals; gouramies and Danio, cories & b/noses). I can not see any signs of stress, or gasping, or inflammation, or fish all at the surface. Observation does not indicate ammonia poisoning. Which am I to believe my fish, or my Aquasonic ammonia testing kit ?? A week ago when there was a real ammonia spike the fish were obviously distressed and all at the surface. The water went cloudy. None of these indicators this time round. Yet the test results show 10ppm ???
  8. I just brought some fish home and I think they have ammonia poisoning, what can I do about this this one lying on the floor was like this when I picked her up, she occasionally swims around races for a breath on top and then goes back down to the bottom, on top of this my tank hadn't finished its fish less cycle so it's 2ppm in ammonia I have added some seachem prime to their water, how much water and how often should I change, they are in a 54Litre tank. Anything else I can do or should know about? Oh and why do the other fish go to the one on the ground and nudge it and they also lean against it slightly to straighten her up. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I just brought some fish home and I think they have ammonia poisoning, what can I do about this this one lying on the floor was like this when I picked her up, she occasionally swims around races for a breath on top and then goes back down to the bottom, on top of this my tank hadn't finished its fish less cycle so it's 2ppm in ammonia I have added some seachem prime to their water, how much water and how often should I change, they are in a 54Litre tank. Anything else I can do or should know about? Oh and why do the other fish go to the one on the ground and nudge it and they also lean against it slightly to straighten her up. I also have this in the goldfish section of this forum. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hi guys, Have just finished cycling a cichlid tank with existing filter media. I am getting low readings of nitrates and low readings of ammonia (non existent). 0 - 0.1 I changed water and I use seachem prime (double dosage) and my ammonia readings go up so i Tested the tap water, with a nutrifin test kit. the tap water reads at 2.4 (checked twice) anyone else have these problems?
  11. Hi all after cycling my tank for 2-3 weeks with very large amounts of seeded media and having the ammonia settle down to 0ppm for a few days and nitrate was steady at 5ppm I thought all was good and everything was stable. Then when I checked the levels this morning I found a HUGE spike straight to 4ppm ammonia(Ive never seen such levels b4) nitrates were still 5ppm ph steady at 8.0 I did a quick 25% water change to lower the ammonia with no change. So should I keep changing water daily to bring it down as the ammonia is very high?.....was my last water change to raise the ph effect something?.... they only get one feed a day which they consume in 10 seconds? any ideas? thanks Jay
  12. Brother inlaw wants to try to cycle a tank using ammonia , can anyone tell me where he can get some and how long it takes to cycle a tank this way:frusty:
  13. Today I converted my turtle tank back to a fish only tank. It's been set up as some sort of tank or another for about a year now so it's well and truly cycled. When the turtle was in there it was only about half full and today I topped it up with conditioned water (150L) and about an hour ago I noticed my geos breathing heavily so I checked the water and it was like 2ppm ammonia! Can anyone tell me why this has happened? Cause in my head I thought cause I decreased the bio load and increased the water volume it would be better?
  14. My ammonia keeps reading 0.25-0.5 I can't tell with my colour chart . My nitrate is 5.0 ph is 7.2 nitrite is 0 . I've done 3 water changes no change in result I'm lost Also the test kit I'm using is an Api test kit
  15. Fish has a cloudy eye, been told its a burn from ammonia poisioning he had. Was told by one fish shop to use melafix an another said pimafix? Advice
  16. hi , i am doing a little experiment maturing some k1 in a wheelie bin ammonia added to 5ppm along with some seeded media. will be adding this amount daily till nitrite spikes then halving amount large airstone and 2000lph pump in the bin for water movement k1 is bagged to keep it in contact with water a bit better . will keep you posted . has anyone tried this and can give further advice ? i have cycled tanks this way but was wondering about the smaller volume of water in the wheelie bin if i will get good colonization results ? mark
  17. So after a long hiatus from fishkeeping I have recently got back into the hobby with a 150 litre tank with a few goldfish in it (1 oranda, two black mollies and a small pet quality ranchu). The tank is filtered with one sponge filter and an eheim 2215 cannister, and I also have a couple of airstones running for oxygenation. I have been using Brightwell Aquatics Erase-CL as my dechlorinator, recommended by a LFS as being a good quality dechlorionator. My question is, does anyone know where in Brisbane I can buy a dry tablet test kit for ammonia? I have an API test kit, but I believe the ammonia component of this is Nessler's reagent and therefor incompatible with the Erase-CL, which binds ammonia. Any other suggestion would also be welcome. Not being able to test for ammonia is making me nervous. Thanks in advance for your help! This is an interesting forum with lots of information on it! Edited for typos!
  18. Problem:- Ammonia keeps spiking above 4ppm Ph:-8.2 Ammonia:-currently 4ppm, changed water 2 hrs ago...was 8 ppm, but on wednesday before water change it was 0ppm.am currently using "Super-chlor Ammonia remover" instead of Prime. Nitrate:-5 ppm Nitrite:-0 ppm Gh:-50-100 ppm Kh:-0-50ppm Size of tank:-8x2x2 800L Temperature °C:-27 to 28 Been running for:- 3 months Filtration:- sump ( 36w UV filter, filter wool, pre filter noodles, 2 ltrs of matrix, 150 bioballs, pumps aprox 5000L an hour, plus aqua 2200 internal. Fish in tank:- 2 x 30cm devils, 2 x 15cm oscars, 2 x 15cm jags (with eggs), 2 x 10cm brazilies, 2 x 10cm GT, 2 x 8cm JD's, 1 10cm SGT, 2 8cm featherfin catys and 1 20cm feather fin. 1 common plec, 3 x crays Plants in Tank:- none atm, they keep getting detroyed Feeding:- ciclid gold floating, twice a day. Recent Medication Treatments:-none Last water change:-2 hrs ago Water change every 3 to 4 days, 200 ltrs at a time, gravel syphoned once a week. all my other tanks run the same sort of set up, with external filters or internal bio filters, all there readings stay in range. my 8ft is either over stocked, or insuff filtration. any thoughts before i go spend money on a larger sump pump or anything like that. cheers Geoff
  19. hi all where can you buy pure or clear ammonia from to start fishless cycling thanks for your help
  20. Little help needed. Tank has been set up for 3 months, 70L, and 6 little albino tiger barbs, 2 small gouramis, and two baby African Butterfly cichlids. Ammonia last week tested at 1ppm, same as the week before. This week it tested at 2ppm, done 15% water change, with prime, gravel vac, cleaned filters in the same tanks water, etc, and I retested 24 hours later, and still at 2ppm. I have 2 wisteria, and 3 other plants in there, and the fish get fed a tiny amount of food, once daily, although the day it spiked, they were fed a little bit of bloodworm. Fish all seem to be very happy, and lively, not struggling, breathing well, chasing each other and playing, and eating fine. What can I do to get the ammonia back down? Nitrite and Nitrate both registering 0ppm, PH 7.4, 70L tank, built in filter (blue planet tank). Josh
  21. My tank is cloudy and the ammonia keeps going up I have done a water change yesterday and today about 50% both times my fish are all at the top of the tank I have fry in the tank I don't want to lose please help I have used prime when 8 did the water change and cycle still not good
  22. Hey, I have never had to age my water in a tub before but since moving to my new place and having ammonia and nitrite come out of the tap I've had no choice. So I got a 120L tub, filled it with tap water, double dosed prime and added the buffers. It's being aerated by an aqua one twin outlet pump with 2 airstones. 3 days later and tests show no difference in ammonia or nitrite. Am i doing something wrong or is it like when you use prime to detoxify ammonia, it will still show on tests but it's no longer toxic? Any help will be great, my fish need a water change but I'm to worried that I'll kill them.
  23. i have high ammonia and when i look at the bottom of my tank (underneath) i can see alot of black in the gravel just wondering should i do a full tank water change (havent done 1 for years) or just keep doing 50% water change every 3-4 days? (Its a 4ft tank) thank you
  24. Running a 3ft 150L tank cycled. Been running for months now. Stocking: Apisto "Alenque" pair Apisto "Black chin" pair 2 x angelfish 6 x bentosi tetra 2 x yoyo loaches 1 x clown loach 1 x kribensis 1 x blue ram At one point i also had 6 x lemon tetra a few cardinal and rummy nose tetras in the tank also Was Babysitting for a friend Filtration eheim pro 3 2075 (1250lph) Filter media 1 tray substrate pro 1 tray substrate pro 2 trays eheim mech 1 100ml bag seachem purigen Last time i checked my water parameters: ph 7.4 Ammonia 0 Nitrite 0 Nitrates 20 Checked my water again: ph 7.4 Ammonia .50 Nitrite 0 Nitrates 10 W/C are 25% bi-weekly or 50% weekly I did rearrange the tank recently but nothing too major. Checked for dead fish nothing... I did have a blue ram die yesterday but fish was removed from tank straight away. (I'm guessing from the ammonia) Plants: Only have 1 piece of Anubias in the tank. I've been trying for the past few days to lower my Ammonia via PWC to no avail. I checked my tap water today and it has 2ppm of ammonia. Could that be the source of my problem? That I'm adding water with ammonia even though I'm using prime to detoxify? I have dosed my tank with prime to detoxify Ammonia for the fish's sake How do i get it back down to zero? Please need some advice...
  25. Hi All, I generally spend my time over on the international site, but thought this would be very much worth your while being a QLD/Brisbane based board. I have some great news. I have found someone that is able to get clear ammonia in the Brisbane region with a 6% weight. The shop is located at Alderley square just next to the bakery. I has a big 'Cleaning Supplies' on the front. It took a few days to order it in, unfortunately the shop does not have an 'on-hand' stock, however, the lovely lady said if people start getting it, that may change.. The cost I must admit, was a little steep considering it is only ammonia but in saying that, how long it took to find, I was not really phased. I was charged $40 for a 5lt bottle with a 6% weight. Here is a pic of the location And here is a pic of the bottle label. ENJOY the cycling without hurting any of your fish!!! Jono
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