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Question sucking up ammonia with carbon

my 55 gal has a huge ammonia spike around 8.0 ppm i think it from the dead algae in my tank from dosing peroxide.my question is can i put some carbon in a pantyhose or something simular to soak up the ammonia.if so how much should i put in and where should i put it.i ask that because i have a diy powerhead filter and its made out of a 2 liter bottle with layers of gravel and polyester fiber and realy can stick it in no where i could put it on top of the filter where the water intake is....thanks
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Carbon is okay but ammocarb would be better. It isn't too expensive and most pet stores carry some.

A WC could help too.


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I'm pretty sure carbon doesn't suck up ammonia, what you want is either zeolite or some form of liquid ammonia remover/detoxifier, and of course a LARGE WATER CHANGE. I'd do like 50% today and again tomorrow at least....someone else feel free to way in though.


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Yea regular carbon won't suck up ammonia...bacteria will though...as well as a few small water changes


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Yeah, the simplest (or i guess cheapest) solution is just water changes and let the bacteria build themselves up to deal with the excess ammonia


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50% change now. Then recheck in 2 hours. I would do another 50% change again tonight(do you have fish? Even plants can get destroyed by this much ammonia)

Repeat daily water changes. I'd scrape off as much dead algae as you can and suck it up.
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the peroxide might have killed the bacteria u need to cycle the ammonia to KNO3 would just take some dirty media from anther tank drop it in the filter try to jump start the new cycle... and of course a water change


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Do a 90% water change now, and do them until the ammonia spike subsides...
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More frequent water changes of smaller amounts are safer than large ones. My vote would be for a series of 50% however often it takes to keep your ammonia under 0.25ppm.

Adding Zeolite and/or Purigen to your filter would help chemically remove ammonia as well, especially in between water changes.





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More frequent water changes of smaller amounts are safer than large ones. My vote would be for a series of 50% however often it takes to keep your ammonia under 0.25ppm.

Adding Zeolite and/or Purigen to your filter would help chemically remove ammonia as well, especially in between water changes.
Agreed 100%. And use Prime or Amquel Plus to condition.


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in the future, don't use peroxide... it is very harsh stuff, and will kill your plants and filter media along with the algae... if you are going to use peroxide, take out plants you want to clean off with it and dip them in a solution of peroxide, then rinse them off. Don't dose your tank with it
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Agreed 100%. And use Prime or Amquel Plus to condition.
x3Zeolite and/or Purigen And use Prime. And the 50% water Changes!
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