NewbSOS Posted July 15, 2021 Share Posted July 15, 2021 Little background. I guess I have found out I'm the typical newbie who ended up doing more harm than good due to her inexperience and lack of research...though I really did do ALOT of research...or so I thought! BUT in hindsight I realize now that I did research in order to rationalize proceeding with what I have come to realize now was a very BAD idea to begin with instead of research in why this idea should not continue...at least not for a newbie. Let the saga begin!!! I converted a peace lily into a water plant and thought it would be awesome to have fish swimming around the roots...best of both world's planter/fish tank. After doing my due diligence....or so I thought I converted my peace lily into a water plant, waited 2 weeks added my snails....beautiful zebra narrate snails....2 of them, waited another 2 weeks and was suppose to add my red cherry shrimp but the store didn't have any...so waiting for them but added my fish 2 weeks following...4 white clouds. The whole time I was had been checking the water once a week with the 5 in one test strips...thanks Cory for the advice of cutting them in half to last longer, REALLY appreciating that now! So then I feed my fish-Bug Bites-following directions...feed twice daily only as much as they can eat in 2 minutes. Feed my fish and off to work I went. Guess you all probably realized what happened after that...yep ammonia spike. Which ironically enough I ended up knowing about before I even went home due to watching one of Cory's videos on fish in tank cycling and what NOT to do and why...yeah hindsight and all. So I'm freaking out at work...work night shift 7pm-7am. I read and read and read and following Cory's video advice when I got home and realized that thankfully my fish are alive and active...so maybe they stood a chance. Tested water. Nitrate 30ppm, Nitrite 2ppm, pH6.5, KH 40 ppm, GH 30 ppm and ammonia was a whopping 6.0...could of been higher but that's as high as my test strips went. I immediately did a 50% water change, rushed to the pet store when it opened and bought API Ammo Lock...last bottle and only thing available. Followed bottle directions and now for obvious reasons am questioning EVERYTHING I'm thinking and doing. Should I do another 50 % water exchange before 24 hrs. are even up...ammonia is currently at 3.0 and fish seem to be fine not at top of tank gasping for air, or sluggish lie about behavior so far and NO I have not feed them which is my next question. Cory says...video...to hold off food for 4 days, and then feed again a week later and every week there after...as long as tests are going well bump up feed once a week until feeding daily. But these guys are tiny...does that still apply to them? And PLEASE tell me what I should do next, or look for or not do. I just want to give these little fighters the best chance possible and not suffer for my stupidity! Bottle of Ammo Lock says to dose again in 2 days? HELP!!! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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