What is Ammonia Guppy Poisoning and New Tank Syndrome (NTS)

Dealing with the New Tank Syndrome and Ammonia

There are many things that you’re going to be learning as a new guppy enthusiast.

A series of steps we should follow to set up new aquarium to accommodate the guppies.

One of the biggest their concerns are going to have is the proper components of the water.

That means that you really need to watch the ammonia levels otherwise you were going to be dealing with ammonia poisoning with your guppies.

What is Ammonia Guppy Poisoning?

There are a lot of things that can occur to put ammonia levels out of whack in your tank,

This process is usually termed NTS or New Tank Syndrome.

One of the biggest factors is not having the right filtration system or that it has not fully developed for filtration and the ammonia levels are fluctuating.

What is New Tank Syndrome? How to Prevent NTS

When we allow a filtration system to fully mature it then develops the bacteria needed to handle the ammonia levels.

This means that you have to know that the filtration system is ready to go and able to handle the water changes that are going to take place when you add the fish.

How to treat ammonia poisoning in fish?

There are some that try and use a method called fish-less cycling to prepare their system.

They intentionally add ammonia to the water to help stimulate the creation of the bacteria required in breaking down the nitrates.

This can be a lengthy and complex process as it can take up to 4 to 8 weeks

before the water is totally balanced out where the ammonia levels are safe.

Optimizing water before adding fish to the treated tank is an important step,

you should realize one thing that ammonia problems can occur in the future as well.

Even an aged and established can run into various problems along with ammonia problems.

How can I cycle without fish?

By introducing ammonia (up to 5 PPM) in the tank and then maintaining its level.

Within a few weeks, the nitrifying bacteria will multiply in the tank and convert ammonia into nitrite and nitrate respectively.

Thereby completing the nitrogen cycle, This way you can cycle the tank without fish.

Overfeeding Fish and Ammonia Levels!

What happens when you overfeed fish? Can fish recover from high ammonia levels?

Some of the causes are because too many fish are being added for the size of the tank.

Non-maintenance with the water changes that are recommended for the established guppy tank.

Too many fish being in the tank or overfeeding causes clogging of the aquarium filter,

That means the filter cannot handle the amount of waste that is being produced.

Do filters filter out ammonia?

A biological filter can convert toxic ammonia (from your fish waste decaying plant mater, excess food, dead fish at the bottom of the tank) into Nitrite, and Nitrate Respectively.

What filter gets rid of ammonia?

Fluval Ammonia Remover removes toxic ammonia from freshwater aquariums as water passes over it. it acts as a natural ion-exchange filter media.

While you also have to remember to keep up with the maintenance of the tank in regards to the water,

You mustn’t forget that you need to include regular maintenance on the filter in order to keep it fully optimized and working properly.

Make sure that you follow the directions that came with the filtering system that you are using.

Does tap water contain ammonia? Is tap water safe for fish?

Also, you have to remember that using tap water will kill all of the bacteria that are necessary for the tank to keep it optimized and to handle the ammonia levels.

You are encouraged to use a proper water testing system to know what the various components of your water are which will also dictate the ammonia levels.

You will find indicators that something is wrong by the symptoms that your guppies may be displaying.

What you may find is that the fish are keeping to the water surface while gasping for breath.

They may be lethargic and not eating well and they may even do the opposite where they lay at the bottom of the tank.

That you may see some signs such as purple or red gills or overall the fish appear darker in color. These are just a few of the symptoms of ammonia poisoning.

How do I get rid of ammonia in my new tank?

  • Understanding the Nitrogen Cycle:
  • Causes of Ammonia Spikes
  • Fixing Ammonia Problems
  • Big Ammonia Problems (over 2ppm)
  • Preventing Ammonia Problems
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