High ammonia levels
Hey everyone, A friend and i have recently started a minnow tank to try and stay stocked up for the spring and summer. We have run across alot of high ammonia levels and cloudy water. Many minnows have died off. Do we just basicly have to wait out the cycle?
We started with a 55 gallon blue barrel that we cleaned thouroghly and filled with tap water. I have an Auquascape Pond Aeriator 2 adding air. It's rated for a 500 gallon pond but it doesn't seem all that great. I also have a 500 gph pump with a homemade PVC filter on the inlet, housing filter material and some ammo carb to help with ammonia.
We had bought 2 lbs of rosey reds and had a bunch die of after about 2 days. Then the water gets cloudy. We didn't have to add a declorinator because the filtered water sat for 5 days before we added minnows. We are losing about 20 minnows a day. We are planning frequent 5 gallon water changes once a week. Water temp hasn't been over 60 degrees.
After testing the ammonia, it's always high. 6.0 right now. I did buy something to lower the ammonia but only put it in yesterday. Nitrates are good but it says the water is pretty hard. Alkaline is high which has brought the PH up to 6.4.
I have a link to a picture of the filter i built in case anyone wants to see it. It's in my photobucket account. Just copy/paste.
How long would it take a 55 gallon tank with 3 dozen minnows to cycle at 60 degrees?
Anyone see anything out of the normal here that i am doing wrong?