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mari.harutunian

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  1. Open air tap water test 4/25 exposed 24+ hours Fresh tap water for comparison Still a little lingering ammonia after moving the litter box to the other end of the hall. Not sure of the cause, i wouldve thought there would be none after a few days. This is much easier to work with than the high ppm ammonia that i had before though. It takes longer for any to get into the water and it’s in small concentrations so hopefully another week and there won’t be any. Tank looks same as before except i removed probably a pound of algae. I think it’s more worth it to water change now since the ammonia concentration is so low so I’ll start that. A lot of algae has detached from rock and is clogging my water intake grate and back compartments. I don’t know if that’s a by product of me loosening it manually or less ammonia content in the air. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Air is still registering ammonia with the mason jar test. Will move litter box further and retest after airing the place out. It registers less ammonia than before though. This does hinder my water change plans :( Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. I have tried flux before but it only worked briefly before it all came back bc there was still a problem with ammonia. I think I’ll try doing the regular route and then resort to flux if it’s dire. Thanks for the suggestion! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I’m not running any scrubber or reactor, it’s just very hard for me to put in on an AIO tank. Also i will avoid the quick fixes- if tried them all and they’ve never worked for long. Thanks for the recommendation! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Now that I’ve figured out the source of my ammonia and seemingly resolved that problem with the special cat litter(the air test hasn’t register anything for a week), I’m going to try and bring this tank back from the brink. I know i said i had algae problems but i really meant it: Over the next month i will be preforming aggressive waterchanges and removing as much algae as possible. Probably vacuum the sand bed. Am i missing anything? Do you guys recommend one large water change or constant medium or small ones? (This is a 36 gallon tank btw) Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I think its 5 max maybe a bit under 5. Have to redo when it’s bright daylight out. Just got the special kitty litter. Will retest after use. Maybe also the mason jar test I’m not a big fan of these strips. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Ammonia airtest downstairs away from litterbox: Ammonia test in room with litterbox: The color isn’t as distinct as i want it to be but it’s really used for high level measurement which i didnt realize. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Yikes. This kitty litter is x2 as expensive as regular litter. Will let you know how it works for me. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. For ammonia eating plants i feel like you can’t be sure the plant would absorb it before it diffused into water. Especially if no other method is going to be used. I have buckets of hair algae in my tank and a decently large clam so I’m sure that’s where all the ammonia that gets into my tank goes to. I absolutely cannot wait to see what fixing this problem will do for my reef tank Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I ordered this exact kit and it delivers next week. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Wow! the cats and ventilation seem to be the answer. I’m looking at this litter called Lucy Pet Cats Incredible litter that claims to prevent ammonia gas for 10 days after cat has used the litter. Looks pretty reputable but I’ll order it and test with my air ammonia test kit every few days to see how effective it really is. I’m glad this frustrating question has helped someone else, though! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. That’s so weird. My old cat used to poop in the toilet unprompted though so i guess its not that weird. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I’ll go around with a black light just to see. And this isn’t really a “spike” I’ve been dealing with relentless hair algae for this tanks entire life. I’ve lost one fish to mystery illness and have had to do many emergency water changes because my clowns display symptoms of ammonia poisoning(usually right after a different water change because the old water accumulated ammonia,much to my confusion.) The repercussions are dead sticks, buckets of HA removal, a whole lot of confusion, and a general lack of enthusiasm for the hobby. It’s very hard to see something I love just be a box of filth. Oh and lots of dead snails. They die off. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I agree. I just don’t know what the continuous source would be, whether it’s my cats continuous use of the litter box or something else. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I did ventilate between the first and second set of jar tests. Litter box only moved to a different room corner. Air test strips arrive Mondayish so we’ll see. Would Ventilation be minutes, hours, or days??? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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