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Has anyone used the ammonia removers that you add to the water? I have a tank that has 1ppm of ammonia. It has 7 tetras, 3 cory cats and 2 killifish. I know they are not goldfish but I hope you all can help anyway. The tank is 55 gal. and was setup from an already cycled tank. My tap water has .25ppm of ammonia in it and I always dechlorinate my water. This is the only tank I am having problems with as far as ammonia levels. What would you all suggest to do? Should I do a large water?

Thank you for your help. :)

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That was a great post Pixie wrote.

My personal opinion on ammonia controllers/detoxifiers is to not count on them. I'd rather know straight out how much ammonia I have and then deal with it appropriately. I think these products should be for emergencies, overstocked tanks or holidays/vacations only. Besides, if this is the only tank you're having problems with, despite the fact that you have 0.25 ppm out of the tap, and the fact that it sounds like you may have just recently set up this tank, I'd say that, even though you used cycled media, the move bumped or crashed the cycle. So, you just need to follow procedures for re-cycling a tank. Which means, when you have fish and an ammonia reading you don't like, you need to do a water change of an appropriate amount. That is, if you have 1 ppm of ammonia and remove 50% of the water, you will have 0.5 ppm of ammonia remaining. This doesn't, of course, account for the 0.25 ppm you naturally have out of your tap, so to get your water down to 0.5 ppm, I should think you'd need to to a 75% water change.

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