We've had two mollies recently give birth to lots of babies, and sadly both died afterwards. Before they died, I had a nitrate issue which i was dealing with , and had got it down (now sits at 5 :) ) but when i tested yesterday I noticed that amonia was 0.5 ,
I did a 50% water change today , hoovered everything, cleaned everything. Added 4 shrimp and retested - water is still cloudy atm , presume settling after putting the new water in,And I retested, and I think it's 0.25 , whereeas before the mollies died I had zero amonia and and a nitrate issue.
But now that's fixed , amonia is my demon. Can anyone help - suggest?
One molly I took out literally moments as she died as we put her in a jug for a while to see if she was alive, the other died at some point in the night and was fished out the next morning.
Water parameters are amonia 0.25 nitrite 0 nitrate 5 ph 7.5
Is this the API liquid test? Sometimes it shows an apparent 0.25 when there's none present. To check, test a sample of your tap water. If it shows the same colour then the water in the tank is almost certainly OK.
Thanks. Yes it is a liquid test and I shake each bottle before adding the drops.
I reteested it this morning , did one from the tap and one from the tank.
Both exactly the same colour , yellow - so either it's fixed itself :) or it was as you said a false reading. (I didn't realise they could do that).
We have our final fish now a male halfmoon betta who was being bullied in a friends tank. He's a very placid betta and is getting along well with the tetras, mollies and gourami we have. and is compeltely ignuoring the fry :) .
they seem to be staying away from him. Fingers crossed. I found somewhere that said good tank mates and the ones we have were on the list . I've given him a betta hammock today , so hopefully he has somewhere up out the way too .
thanks for the help. x
have more q's but will ask them in the right forums ;0