Please help!!!

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Chris64
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Please help!!!

Post by Chris64 » Sat Jan 12, 2019 11:30 pm

I have a 55g mbuna set up which has been set up for a few months and suddenly my pleco died then 3 days later one of my adult rustys died I did a ammonia test and it was almost zero I do weekly water changes and clean my media every other week i have 1 hob filters and 2 sponge filters I am clueless please help

deeda
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Re: Please help!!!

Post by deeda » Sun Jan 13, 2019 1:49 pm

Sorry to hear of your loss!

You should have a reading of zero ammonia, zero nitrite and some level of nitrate over zero in a cycled tank.

Do you only have the ammonia test kit and if so, what was the PPM reading you got?

How much water do you change weekly and do you use a water conditioner that treats only chlorine or that also treats for chloramine? Which product you use depends on how your source (tap) water is treated by your local water company.
Dee

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Chris64
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Re: Please help!!!

Post by Chris64 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:31 pm

I use prime and I usually do 30 to 40% at a time and the ammonia test kit showed maybe a .25 ppm

deeda
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Re: Please help!!!

Post by deeda » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:46 pm

Good, Prime will cover you for both chlorine & chloramine treated tap water.

What is your nitrite and nitrate readings?
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Chris64
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Re: Please help!!!

Post by Chris64 » Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:51 pm

I don't have the kit to test the nitrates or nitrite the tanks been set up for a while and the fish have always been colored up and eating fine

deeda
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Re: Please help!!!

Post by deeda » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:10 pm

Well it would be helpful to have the proper test kits if you want to know your water parameters especially if you are a new hobbyist or your tap water fluctuates throughout the year.

How many fish are in this tank, how large are they and what species are you stocking? It is possible as the fish mature you will notice more aggression depending on the species kept.

Any chance you can post a full tank shot pic of your tank?
Dee

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