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Post by timmy74 on 11/4/2012, 20:30

Done a water test tonight and everything seemed high barring the ammonia. This is very unusual, ive done a 20-30% water change with tap safe.

The fish ive lost seemed to of lost weight then gone red around the gills. Can anyone give any advice of why theyve all just sky rocketed thanks.

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 11/4/2012, 22:09

Sounds like a nitrite spike because of the red gills. Did the fish seem to gasp at the surface? Nitrite is more toxic than ammonia and takes longer to right itself in my experience. If I where you I'd limit feeding for a while and carry out large water changes while measuring the stats till they right themselves. How big is the tank and what is in there?
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Post by timmy74 on 11/4/2012, 22:26

i havent introduced any fish mate. its a 180litre tank. its only affected the guppies. the never seemed to gasp at top they just seemed to go skinnier and end up at the bottom of the tank.

only thing ive added to tank in the last 3-4 weeks is a piece of bogwood and 3 plants.

only fish i got in there are bn's, guppies, neons and harlequin rasboras oh and cherry shrimp.

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Post by timmy74 on 11/4/2012, 22:26

temp is 26.5' in tank

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 12/4/2012, 07:35

So what were the actual stats for ammonia and nitrite?
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Post by NedtheDog on 12/4/2012, 16:35

Hi Mate, in my experience guppys like "hard" water I always add tufa rock to tanks with guppys in, I believe they need extra calcium. With the bogwood your water may be on the "soft" side the other fish you have would like the slightly acidic conditions you have. Try keeping Guppys at a PH of around 8.0.
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Post by Guest on 12/4/2012, 16:46

i would stop feeding and keep doing water changes if you are over feeding that would make the nitrite spike right up i had a weekly cleaner once a week to mine to help keep under control

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Post by timmy74 on 12/4/2012, 19:06

Marty tell me more about weekly cleaner?

Ive done tests again today and everything was zero nitrate, nitrite and ammonia.. ph was 7.6.

I didnt feed fish last night and done 20% water change.

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Post by fint the newbie on 12/4/2012, 19:38

Thought u only had a 2 ft tank mate
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Post by timmy74 on 12/4/2012, 19:39

no mate got a 3ft bow tank and 2 ft tank. when u due round next yer can pop in have a look

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Post by fint the newbie on 12/4/2012, 19:41

Tomorrow if the weather is good mate
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Post by timmy74 on 12/4/2012, 19:44

putting a boiler in tomorrow. Dont know what time am in, if you passing and me vans + Car there just pop in.

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Post by fint the newbie on 12/4/2012, 19:46

Ok mate
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Post by Guest on 12/4/2012, 19:56

its just called weekly cleaner from wilkos mate

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 12/4/2012, 20:08

Are you sure your nitrAte was zero as it should pretty much always be present. As for weekly additives that are added to help your tank I just think these are a load of bs. Weekly water changes is all that's needed imo.
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Post by blooper on 12/4/2012, 20:13

second wot kev says nitrate shud be present i would retest tomorrow see if any change

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Post by timmy74 on 13/4/2012, 20:29

done more tests tonite = nitrate 0, ph 7.6, ammonia 0-0.25 looked more like 0 to me, nitrate 0-5... many thanks and graciass

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Post by k3vinjam3s on 13/4/2012, 20:34

Was nitrate or nitrite 0.5?
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Post by timmy74 on 13/4/2012, 22:13

nitrate mate sorry

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