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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 03-13-2017, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Greetings for VA

Hey there folks. Had a bit of an issue getting post privileges on the forum, but looking good now! Thanks Daniella for getting me hooked up.

I'm new to fish keeping. I've got a small 3ish gallon sized cylindrical aquarium. Struggling to get it to cycle. Put fish in way too soon, I know, but don't understand why the good bacteria (aka bio filter? correct?) hasn't settled in yet. Started tank around the first of the year, added fish maybe 4 days later. 2 guppies, still 4 PPM ammonia. Doing occasional water changes to try to help keep the water manageable, but why won't the ammonia drop?

Thanks for your help!
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Test your tap water to see if it has any ammonia in it. I suspect your test kit may be wrong, simply because such high ammonia is highly toxic to fish. The guppies should be dead with it that high. I also suggest you do a very large water change, daily to bring those numbers down. Are you testing for the nitrite and nitrates as well?

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I know it's a shot in the dark, but what sort of bucket are you using for your water changes? I had the same issue starting out and it ended up being that I was using my mop bucket to change water, the same bucket I was mopping the floor with Lysol...yeah....not my brightest moment.

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