High Ammonia how to lower it
I have a 29 gallon month and a half old Aquarium. So I set up the tank, waited until the temp was stable. Added Plants. I waited a week, added media from my year and a half old 20 gallon. Put my betta in there (to provide ammonia). The Ammonia was at zero for a few days. Went to Petco, and I bought 10 Ghost Shrimp and 2 Rili shrimp. Waited another week then added 5 Assassin Snails. The Shrimp have been in the tank for about 2 weeks.
Other than the Ammonia everything else has remain consistent. PH has not spiked since I set up the tank. I am worried. Shrimp don't do well with Ammonia. My Betta is really active. I need some ways to lower it. I have added some sand and gravel from the other tank (more bacteria). Nothing is helping. The spike hasn't went above .25ppm (knock on wood). I just need advice.
4 gallon water change every two weeks. Using Distilled water (most stable PH).
The Tank has 3 Amazon Swords (two have lots of new leaves, the third looks like it dying.), 1 full grown red melon Sword (1 baby (Planted) and another on that stem that I am waiting for roots to develop), 1 java fern with plantlets, 1 dwarf lily, 2 small chain swords (just starting new leaves).
Ferts- Flourish Complete (Mon. and Thurs.), Root tabs, Flourish Iron (Mon. and Thurs.)
8- Ghost Shrimp, 1 betta, 5 Assassin Snails, 2- rili shrimp (Petco said they were ghosts, I asked for ghosts)
Light- Corallife T5 10,000 and Actinic Bulbs, Ecocomplete substratem, Sponge Filter