Ammonia in my QT

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  1. Fr4nkthet4nk

    Fr4nkthet4nk Active Member

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    I have 7 fish in my quarantine tank due to an ich attack. I have been doing water change ever 2 days but I notice that the ich is gone but my fish are barely swimming. I measured ammonia level and it is present in my tank between 0.25 and 0.5 . Do you have any advice to reduce the ammonia level? The QT is 20 gallon.
     

  2. Mike N

    Mike N Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    Get some seachem prime from your LFS or petco\petsmart. 7 fish is quite a large bioload for a 20g.
     
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    stunreefer Reef Hugger R2R Supporter Platinum Sponsor Photo of the Month Award

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    100% water change matching salinity, pH, and temp.

    Do not use Prime or "ammonia binder" if you treated with copper, or plan to.
     
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    Mike N Valuable Member R2R Supporter

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    Yeah, this would be the better option. Prime is just a band aid.
     
  5. Fr4nkthet4nk

    Fr4nkthet4nk Active Member

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    Why not? I put some prime and the cupramine is there. ;Nailbiting
     
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    It causes the copper to become toxic (contraindication). They cannot be used together.

    Get on that water change ;)
     
  7. Fr4nkthet4nk

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    Preparing a fresh batch of saltwater.
     
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    Thank you for your help!
     
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    Cory Valuable Member R2R Supporter Article Contributor

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    Get some macroalgae in there, it will consume ammonia. Also add some instant cycle bacteria. Maybe some sand from the tank.
     
  10. Fr4nkthet4nk

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    Do e! 100% water change. My fish are super stressed. No more cupramine almost 3 week with that treatment. Hope the
    best.
     
  11. CindyKz

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    Sand from the tank would be a bad idea if the OP is battling an ich outbreak. He would be reintroducing tomonts to his QT and undoing all of his hard work, along with risking his fish.
     
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    Cory Valuable Member R2R Supporter Article Contributor

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    Thats a last resort imo, bottled bacteria and ammonia neutralizer is his best bet.
     
  13. Fr4nkthet4nk

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    I did a 100% water change and added a bottle of bacteria.
     
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    Cory Valuable Member R2R Supporter Article Contributor

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    Id still add some amquel or seachem prime because it takes time for the bacteria to consume ammonia.
     
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