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Old 11-25-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
 
Ammonia issues

I cleared out my 90l tank because I wanted a change and the fish went to a great home. Anyway I had always had an ammonia problem with this tank which I put down to overcrowding. I cleaned the gravel thoroughly and scrubbed the sides with a scubbing pad and then filled the tank with fresh water, added water conditioner then let it run with the filter for 2 weeks (I didn't know about cycling) 3 days before I got the fish I found out about cycling too late. Luckily you can cycle with the seachem products. So I started that. The fish arrived a bit distressed after their journey. 8 mollies and 9 platys. The ammonia level was 0. Then the platys started going up to breathe air so I checked and their level was 4! I added Prime but it wouldn't come down so I did a pwc to no avail. Rung local pet shop, they said to use ammolock immediately so I did. They are still up the top but there seems to be nothing more I can do for them. I did wonder if it was the tonic salt I added for my mollies but platys are meant to like brackish water. What do I do?
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:05 PM   #2
 
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So, here are some more things to start doing:

50% water changes at least daily to try to dilute the pollutants. Any time your Ammonia or Nitrite reading is over 0, do a 50% water change.

Add lotsa of fast growing plants. Stem plants and floating plants are usually the best, but some others can work. If you can tell us about your lighting (there's usually something printed on the bulb like T8blahblah32, and how many bulbs you have) we can help you pick out some plants that will help gobble up the Ammonia.

Feed very lightly. We don't want these guys producing any more waste than they have to.



We'll help you any way we can, but I won't lie- its going to be a lot of work to get the fish through this. But its worth it! Keep your chin up!
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:07 PM   #3
 
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Oh, and I forgot about using a product called Prime as a water conditioner for your water changes. This can detoxify Ammonia, etc. for a short time.
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:16 PM   #4
 
I've been doing the water changes and using prime and stability. I've also got a sachet thing you put in your filter called Aqua Clear that my lps gave me. Mollies are fine it's just the platys up the top. Do you think the brackish water could have anything to with it?
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:35 PM   #5
 
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I'm not certain how salinity interplays with the nitrogen cycle. But neither the Common Molly nor the Platy require salt to be happy and healthy. So maybe someone can weigh in on whether it would be more or less stressful to stop adding the salt. Anyone?
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Old 11-25-2011, 09:40 PM   #6
 
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Oh, wait, I see what you mean. You think the salinity is harming the Platy, even aside from the cycling issue. Oh, I get it. Well, that would make sense. And a Common Molly doesn't need brackish water, so let's get everyone in water they can tolerate. I'm not too experienced with brackish set ups, but if it were me, I would stop adding the salt to my water changes, do smaller more frequent water changes (like 25% twice per day) so that the salt would be diluted out more evenly and gradually.
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Old 11-26-2011, 01:18 PM   #7
 
I did a water change on my 38l tank. The powerhead cut out which it always does but once I refilled the tank the filter started spewing out all this rubbish. I had an aqua clear sachet in there so I took that out and rinsed it thinking it might be that. Put it back, same problem. I took it out and replaced it with a filter pad and the problem stopped. Why did this happen?
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