You can also use a product like "Prime" that "locks up" ammonia in the safer form for 24-48 hours. If, after you get to 0 ammonia & add fish, keep testing daily & redose Prime as needed. I would then introduce the "non-loach" fish first (ok, they're more "expendable" to me). The whole 2ppm of ammonia is so you can FULLY stock your tank at 1 time, it doesn't HAVE to be that way, you can still go slower if you need to.
You're so close!
If the Safe Start is doing its job the ammonia should not show up that high. Just a little bit of color on the test kit is normal.
Happy fish keeping!
Is there some kind of modification like a pull out shelf that would make it work for you? It wasn't for me, my stand is lower than normal & the filter wouldn't fit that way, maybe you can figure something out?
Maybe your fiancée can be the permanent "helper", canisters don't need to be changed often. You've barely used it, can you exchange it for something that will work for you?
Dang, just when everything was working out for your move. Better now than later is all I can say.
Well I have learned that I can drain the canister which will help some. It is quite awkward taking it out because there’s very little clearance between center cabinet support and the door opening. I like the pull shelf idea but it will probably be too tall as there’s only a little more clearance at the top. I like to clean fish tanks when no one is home so I can make my mess and do my thing and take time without any commentary. But I won’t be able to do that from now on. I do think tho when I drain tank water for water changes I shouldn’t need to re-add water to the canister like you do AFTER it’s drained.
And ammonia is STILL present. At least 1. It’s been four days now I think. I forget now. Sighhhhh.
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