Chick-In-Of-TheSea Posted June 14, 2022 Share Posted June 14, 2022 (edited) Hey guys. Have a bit of a problem going on with either a mini cycle or a false ammonia reading. Looking for some advice to see what you guys think. Tank has been up 10 years and tested regularly. I can't even tell you how long it's been since I had an ammonia reading. Years. The only things I usually get a reading on is nitrate and the ph/gh/kh etc. Here are the things that happened just before or during the issue. Switched dechlorinator from AquaSafe Plus to Prime. 34 mystery snail babies born about a week ago. In breeder box. Feeding fine, powdery foods. Breeder box cleaned daily; food replaced. Snails checked for well-being daily. Moved out of tank for observation if questionable. Returned to tank if living. 5 new tetra added to tank from a quarantine tank. I added them in the morning, and then the snails were born in the afternoon. I didn't intend for both events to occur same day! Filter (Penguin biowheel 200) died and was changed to a smaller filter (Fluval Aquaclear 30), but the media was not changed. Both are suitable for this 29 gallon tank. However, not all the media from the previous filter would fit in the smaller filter, so I had to cut some of the sponges down. Aquaclear was loaded with a coarse sponge, filter floss, and really old well seasoned bio rings. Also at this time I added a prefilter sponge, but it was the wrong size and I tore it while putting it on causing a big gap that didn't cover a section of the intake basket. It looked awful but I left it there. About a week passed and the Aquaclear had some problems. A power outage occurred and power was restored quickly. But the Aquaclear dumps all the water out when it loses power so while I was at work the filter was running dry for hours until I arrived home. I got it going again by adding water. During the week that passed I had been on the forums and received help with repairing my Penguin. Turns out the impeller just wasn't reseated properly after I cleaned it. Switched back to the Penguin because I cannot rely on a filter that dumps all water; I'm in FL and we are going into storm/hurricane season; I can't always be home to reprime filters. Put all the old gunky media back into the Penguin. Added some more coarse sponge back since it's a bigger filter. Removed prefilter sponge because of the tear. Wanted to replace w/ finer media (floss) around the intake basket due to snails. I suspect some snails got out through the slats of the breeder box on hatch day, so, just in case, I need to "childproof" the tank. Despite the short run on this prefilter sponge, it had collect quite a bunch of stuff. Left the prefilter sponge in the tank because I plan to squish it into a new 10 gallon I'm about to start up. Also the biowheel itself was not added back because it had a tear. It had dried up anyway. I guess that's it. I'm at 4 days of ammonia readings. Stats 29 gallon high Temp 78 6/11 - amm .2, nitrite 0, nitrate 10, pH 7.5. Water changed, 25%, used Prime. Found a dead tetra. It had a swollen belly, possibly was eggbound. This was its status for weeks and it was the only fish with any symptoms. While it was alive it ate well and schooled normally. 6/12 - amm .2, nitrite 0, nitrate 10, pH 7.5. Water changed, 25%, used Prime. 6/13 - same as above but used AquaSafe Plus because I had learned Prime can give a false ammonia reading. 6/14 - amm went up to .25, nitrite 0, nitrate 10, pH 7.5. Water changed, 50%, used AquaSafe Plus. Water tested immediately after water change. ammonia reading unchanged. (??) Water test from the tap - 0 ammonia Stocking level: 4 black neons, 5 pristella tetra, 1 mystery snail, 1 nerite snail, 1 bolivian ram, 34 mystery snail babies (sesame seed sized) in breeder box I used aqadvisor and I'm understocked, fish wise. Baby snail wise, I doubt there is much bioload there. These things cannot easily be seen without a magnifying glass. I'm not sure what's going on or what I should do. I'm thinking add FritzZyme? Edited June 14, 2022 by Chick-In-Of-TheSea Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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