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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 06:14 PM Thread Starter
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I can't lower the ammonia

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You guys have been a big help in me getting my tank up and running. I am have a problem with ammonia. I have a 29 gallon tank with 9 Panda Cory Cats and 2 Blue Rams. I clean the tank once a week and end up doing a 50% water change. I have this week started adding Seachum Prime. I started my tank in April, I added my 9 Cory Cats at the end of May. I added my 2 Blue Rams the end of June. Everything else as far as my water parameters is in line. What do I do now?
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-27-2017, 06:18 PM
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What is the ammonia level and how are the fish?
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Have you tested the water out of the tap as well? Sometimes there can be ammonia in that.
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How are you cleaning the filter, glass, décor etc? What are your actual water parameters (Temp, PH, ammonia, nitrite, nitrate)? do you have a picture of the tank? is it planted?

Prime will not remove ammonia but rather convert it to less toxic ammonium (for approx. 48hrs). Our test kits test for both and depending on your PH and temps ammonia may or may not be an issue depending on the level of ammonia you have.

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We need your actual water parameters (Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate). It would also help to know what kind of filter you have on the tank and what kind of filter media is in the filter. I’m probably opening a can of worms here, but did you fully cycle the tank?

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