amquel and ammonia readings
Hi, I'm rather puzzled about a situation I have
I have had a hospital tank running for 4 weeks (30g) with an eheim 2026 on it.
The during the first week and a half (it started unseeded) it had 8 cardinal tetras and one 50% water change. Then I added one blue ram and a week later I tested the ammonia and the reading was a whopping 8ppm (AP test kit) so I immediately changed 70% water. The next day, the test remained dark green indicating a concentration of 8ppm. Each time I performed a water change I used amquel to detoxify any chloramine present in the tap or tank. I have heard amqual binding to ammonia to form its less toxic form and that messing up readings but to have a water change and still 8ppm with such a small fishload? Even with a maturing filter it should never get that high with weekly water changes?
Any advice would be appreciated!