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Is it normal for the addition of flourite to an established aquarium to raise ammonia levels just a teensy bit?

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If you didn't disturb the existing substrate I would say no. If you disturbed the old substrate then it would be possibility.
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I definitely disturbed the old substrate, I pulled up every single plant and mixed two bags of flourite in with the existing substrate. Is it more likely then that I disturbed a pocket of 'something' in the old substrate?

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I definitely disturbed the old substrate, I pulled up every single plant and mixed two bags of flourite in with the existing substrate. Is it more likely then that I disturbed a pocket of 'something' in the old substrate?
If you didn't smell any rotten eggs you probably didn't hit any pockets of H2S if that's what you're worried about.

Disturbing all the old substrate may have caused a mini-cycle. I wouldn't worry about it if you have your same filter, etc. and only added a new bag of Flourite.
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Yes, disturbing your substrate probably caused the ammonia spike. I'd just do a good water change (30% or so) and keep an eye on your tank parameters over the next few days.





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Did a 30% water change and I'll check it again tomorrow. My fish were looking a bit displeased, especially one of my cardinals. I don't think they appreciate even minute levels of ammonia.

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