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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-11-2016, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
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How to lower ammonia levels

I did a really big change to my 20 gallon by adding fluval stratum. I took my 6 serpae tetras out and about all of the water and plants. I put everything back in but put about 50% new water. I took tests and everything was the same, Nitrate: 20, Nitrite: 0, Hardness: 150, Alkalinity: 80, pH: 7.2. Except my ammonia levels went from 0.25 to 0.50. How can I lower them, or can my fish go back in with the ammonia raised. Also are any of the other levels not good, I am really new to keeping fish.
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 12-11-2016, 01:51 AM
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Your ammonia levels probably spiked because of disturbed mulm after pulling up all those plants. You should put them back. They'll be fine, probably.

How old is the tank?
What kind of filter do you use?
Have you performed any filter maintenance yet?
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