I wish I knew why the ammonia went up! I have not changed any thing i do with the tank except one day a week I give bloodworms. Feeding is the same and all food is consumed within 2-3 min.
The only thing different I used this time to condition the water was Ammolock 2.
It is a 20 gal tank. before water change(30%) the ammonia was less than registered on the AP ammonia test kit. My nitrites were 0. Ph 8.2, slight phosphates. i have 7 neons, 2 glowlight tetras, 4 small blackskirts and 2 SAE"S, 1 baby betta. no new additions- all have been there over 6 weeks.
one otto died suddenly after appearing to bleed internally- got better and then died.
i took a water sample to fish store and got a trace reading of ammonia, whereupon their advice i bought Ammolock and added to tank. everything seemed under control until I did the 30% water change.
Maybe the region added extra chloramines to the tap water. ??
how does one bind up all those ammonias that are freed up by the water conditioners?
Surely they all change into nitrites?Then where are we at?
My tank cycled back in Nov. so something is amiss.