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There are several simple to use 'Test Kits' available at most pet shops.

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Ammonia is a type of toxic fish waste. It should be at or near zero.

Yes, ammonia can not only affect the growth of fish, but if the ammonia level in a tank is too high, it will kill them.

Leaving a dead goldfish in your tank will boost ammonia levels.. You dont want ammonia in your tank. It rapidly kills fish

Ammonia levels should be at zero. Ammonia is never safe to have in an aquarium especially new fish. Transporting a fish generally causes some stress for them and with the addition of a water problem in their new home it could prove fatal. If this is a brand new tank it would be wise to cycle it fully before adding a fish.

There is no standard level. You have to measure it to find out. It usually falls between 6 and 8.

Ammonia is harmful to fish. Its is a by product of the nitrogen cycle, which is what keeps the water stable in your tank(i wont delve into that) but yes ammonia can burn fish, especially those who lack scale's.

A couple weeks, with a source of ammonia. You may want to read an article about cycling your fish tank.

well, ammonia can be 2 things. the first one is a bad thing for your hair. second is the smelly aroma in your fish-tank that may kill your fish.

It is important for a fish aquarium owner to purchase a ph probe for their tank. It helps measure the pH levels in the water. Certain types of fish will only survive in water with a certain pH level and one would need to know what their tank pH level is for their fish to survive.

There are three major reasons you can have high ammonia in your tank. First, you could have a dead fish in there. When a dead fish rots it makes ammonia. LOTS of ammonia. So, check your tank for dead fish. Second is overfeeding. The food the fish don't eat sinks to the bottom and rots, and rotting anything makes ammonia. Third is that you put too many fish in the tank too soon after you got it. There is a process going on in your tank called the nitrogen cycle. Not to put too fine a point on it, but fish pee has ammonia in it, like all pee does. There are bacteria in your tank that convert the ammonia to nitrites, then to nitrates, and finally to nitrogen which evaporates into the air. If you put in all the fish you want to have right after you get the tank set up, this cycle (which takes some time to get started) doesn't have a chance to get going and you get high ammonia levels. My advice would be to move the fish to a different aquarium--right now, a 5-gallon bucket with dechlorinated water in it and a power filter on it will work as long as you've got small fish--break down the tank, wash the gravel really well, set the tank back up, put "cycle aid" in it to get the nitrogen cycle started quickly, then put half the fish back in the tank in two days. After a few days put the rest of them back.

pH is the acitity, or acid level in your tank. an average pH is about 7.0 , different fish require a different pH level

Color change is normal in goldfish they often will change colors multiple times in their life. However, if the black is streaky and brownish, or if the color change is mainly at the lips and edges of the fins, that means the ammonia in the tank has reached a dangerous level and is actually burning your fish. Just to be on the safe side, test the ammonia level in you tank.

For a freshwater tank, its safe to add fish after the the ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels are safe for fish. Ammonia and nitrite should be at 0 ppm and nitrate levels should be very low, under 50 ppm. You should also make sure that other parameters are safe for the species of fish that will be living in the tank.

No. What happens in a fish tank is that ammonia is produced from the fish's waste (it is excreted through the gills, and their poo and uneaten food rapidly breaks down into ammonia). Plecos, by the way, are very messy fish. There is no way to prevent this from happening, and ammonia is extremely toxic to fish, even in tiny amounts. So the ammonia needs to be removed. The bacteria that change the ammonia into non toxic substances live in the filter, so without a filtration system the ammonia in the tank will build up and build up, killing the fish very fast. In order to sufficiently dilute the ammonia without a filter, you would have to do huge water changes several times a day, and in the sort of tank (100 gallons) required to support a fish as big as a plecostomus, this would be logistically impossible.

If a tank smells bad then you're doing something wrong! A healthy established tank never smells. It is probably heaped full of ammonia from fish waste and uneaten food, ammonia kills fish as well as really stinking! If your tank smells rotten then it's your fault and you need to step up your routine tank maintenance.

usually its from over feeding your fish as their excrement turns into ammonia, also it could mean your filter needs cleaning as a lot of the waste builds up there. :)

What happens is the food rots in the tank. This rotting/decay creates gas (Ammonia) and that will poison the fish and burn its gills. This results first in sick fish and then death.

No, leave the tank for several days, then get your water tested for ammonia and nitrite. Depending on the results, either get a FEW new fish, or let the aquarium run until the ammonia and nitrite are gone.

Measure the tank. You can get fancy and subtract the thickness of the walls (and the gravel on the bottom).

It depends what units you are using to measure the tank.

Yes. When fish food(ex. tropical flake) sits for too long, it turns into ammonia, a very poisonous substance for fish.(and everything else too!) To prevent your fish from dying from ammonia, clean your tank about every 2 months.

You can put any fish in the tank put you have to be careful about the salt water level or your fish might die

Sometimes fish get scabs, which is the black you are seeing, from ammonia or nitrites. You have to balance the pH of the tank before putting your fish into it.

its the scuba tank on the swimming guys back.

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