Why does this happen and how do I prevent it?
Ammonia is a naturally occurring chemical in your aquarium created by the breakdown of waste i.e. food, excrement or plants. Ammonia should be broken down by your biological filtration bacteria through a process called the Nitrogen Cycle.
High Ammonia is caused by:
- Inadequate biological filtration (damaged or immature ‘New Tank Syndrome)
- Over stocking
- Over feeding
- High temperatures
Control all of these factors to prevent high ammonia. If you need to clean elements of the filter, like sponges, make sure to do so in aquarium water as tap water will damage the bacteria that remove ammonia.
Use with any of the above