Melting crypt clouding water
My crypt seems to be melting and starting to cloud my water. My ammonia is a bit high as well not sure if the crypt is the cause. I've been spot treating diatoms with h202 each time never using over an ounce. I assume I have atleast 20-25 gal volume in my 29 gallon. I'm using all seachem products for substrate and "water fixers".
Using prime, stability, Excel (at 1ml per 10 gal). Seachem fluorite black sand for substrate.(two bags)
Lighting evo quad 6500k led 9 hours a day 4 hours on 5 hours off 5 hours on 10hours off. Running at 45 percent power or close to.
I have 6 corydoras sterbai I feed every other morning either a half hikari sinking wafers or algae wafer (also hikari). The clover plants are also turning a lighter shade of green with the edges almost white. That is hard to see in the picture. Before I began spot treating with h202 I was rubbing diatoms off leaves every other day and doing roughly a 20% water change to wash some away. I believe that was my biggest mistake how can I safely cycle my tank with my corydoras in the tank? I have a ten gallon that's currently a week into cycling and is definitely worse than the tank they are in. Nitrites are pretty high in the ten gallon. Some of the leaves on the crypt that is melting have a white stain and no diatoms grow on this white stain. It may be where I spot treated with Excel not sure. Could the dying diatoms be raising my ammonia levels? Should do a water change daily until the ten gallon is fully cycled? The pictures with the api test kit are there to somewhat show my ammonia levels. The tube on far left is 0ppm ammonia for my top off bucket and the middle is ammonia readings from the tank. The far right is nitrites i believe this test is 0 or really close. pH is around 7.2. Help on safely lowering my ammonia and maybe some tips on how to prevent the melting would be greatly appreciated! I did a 20% water change this morning the ammonia was closer to. 50 ppm just noticed that's the wrong picture. How much ammonia is safe with a 7.2 pH?
Last edited by Swimnschools; 05-05-2015 at 01:55 AM.