Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Sedro Woolley, WA
2 pico tanks are frustrating me!
Hi all! Hoping for a little frustration relief! I've been lurking around and reading this site for awhile now but haven't seen anything that mirrors my issue.
I have 7 pico tanks, 1 of the oldest has been up and running for over 4 months. 1 has been running for a month. The oldest is 2.5 gallon with various plants that are growing without problem, it is empty of animal life and has only inert black sand and 2 rocks, lighting is a cheap 7w clip on! The younger tank is a 2 gallon, black sand, 1 piece of mopani wood and one coral rock, small LED light, mosses (growing well), 8 small baby Brigs snails (moving in a couple of days to new home). Both have the nano HOB filters, no co2
So here's the problem-these 2 tanks consistently show very high ammonia levels, off the chart, using APO liquid test. I've done 50% water changes weekly and everything else I can think of and the ammonia will not come down! The snails are doing well in the 2g but I've tested the planted 2.5g with a couple of pond snails & they've died within a day. None of the other tanks are having any problems at all so I can't figure this out! Something must be wrong but I can't put my finger on it.
Am I going to have to tear these 2 down & start over? Suggestions on what to do will be appreciated!
I've been keeping aquariums for a couple of years, but new to planted & pico tanks.