Sandra the fish rookie Posted April 15, 2022 Share Posted April 15, 2022 Hi Everyone 🙂 So.. Wednesday my friend texted me and stated that she is struggling with Ammonia (and a bacterial bloom) in her Parrot tank. She stated is started 2 weeks ago. She has been doing water changes and adding prime. I have the feeling that it being a new tank and the stocking that there is not enough BB to keep up to the fish demand. Even though she used media/plants/filter media from a previous tank (smaller) I don't think it was enough to support the larger size and fish volume. I started to ask the "usual" targeted questions: Parameters initial Ammonia, 0.25ppm (2 weeks ago), Wednesday 0.75ppm, Nitrites 0, Nitrates 10-15 ppm, PH (?), Temp 78 Stocking: 2 Parrots, 6 glow tetras, 2 German Rams, 2 mystery snails, and 2 SAE. Tank Size: 55 Planted (would not say heavily) Water change % = 30% every 2 weeks (regardless of water parameters, just to give them fresh water) 😞 Feeding fish daily Fish are acting normally, no gasping, slow movements, agitation etc.. I keep digging.. to find out.. that this tank was set up Feb 7th 2022. She moved EVERYTHING from the smaller 20G to the new 55G. Added the fish from the 20G. 2 weeks later added the second parrot fish, the 2 SAE first week of March 2022. Here is the advice I gave her last night at 9pm. add more prime to get through the night send her ACO (Cory's video) about Ammonia 🙂 Test the water this morning if Ammonia is still high (which is was) do a 50% water change STOP FEEDING THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pull some more filter media from her other 20G and add to the filter in the 55 Add some BB (fritz zyme) to get the BB to be able to handle the stock in the "newish" 55G Test the tap water and ensure there is no Ammonia or chloramine (just to check as a baseline). Below is what she sent me this morning. This was 2 hours after a 50% water change: Is there anything else I could advise her to do (besides join this forum, which I have told her to do 4 times already). Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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