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Old 01-20-2010, 12:54 AM   #21
 
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so wut u are telling me so i understand this correctly is to take 50 percent water plus put new water in and then put more stability in the filter after i do that is that correct
Yes,remove 50 percent of the old water and replace it with dechlorinated water of close to same temp as that in tank.I don't feel that the product STABILITY can hurt anything.
I would perform 50 percent changes each day or every twelve hours until ammonia and nitrites read as close to zero as you can get them. Certainly no more than .25
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:02 AM   #22
 
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and does it matter that its blue sand and the cloudyness isnt blue
Is of no matter, Could be dust from sand but more likely a mixture of waste and possible bacteria bloom. Either way ,running some activated carbon will help along with water changes and vaccuming the sand with gravel vaccum. You could split the bottom of the tank into thirds and vaccum one third of the bottom once every two or three days and a different area each time you vaccum. this way you will not disturb all of the bacteria trying to develop and you will be removing waste that is causing smell you speak of and is also contributing to cloudinesss of water.
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:13 AM   #23
 
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and before i trust u how long you been doing fish tanks and have u had this happen before
Have been keeping fish since early 1970's and have seen what you are expieriencing more than a few times. Your tank is trying to cycle with a heavy load (fish), It is absolutely imperative that you reduce feedings to once a day or every other day and feed only a small amount and change out water anytime ammonia levels climb above .25.
If you do not have a test kit,, Then change 50 percent of the water each day until you can get a test for ammonia and nitrites. This will keep levels from climbing too high. Anything above zero for ammonia is toxic so water changes will be needed to dilute the toxins and it is a good idea to use a dechlorinator such as PRIME that detoxifys ammonia,nitrites,chlorine,and chloramines. not all dechlorinbators are same. PRIME or AMQUEL+ would be good choice.
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:17 AM   #24
 
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and did u click on the link to see the chemical im using
If you are referring to STABILITY yes. Do look for water conditioner mentioned for detoxifying ammonia,chlorine,chloramines and nitrites. I feel the conditioners mentioned ,are only thing you actually need but product STABILITY could do no harm.
I would not use any other chemicals than those mentioned.
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Old 01-20-2010, 01:38 AM   #25
 
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im doing 50 percent im gonna put my trust in u my friend is bringing over his black sponge from his fish tank gonna sqeeze it put some good bacteria in and out some carbon in and put some more stability in tommorow and fight this i wont lose the fish my one oscar just getting his tiger colors in this week

Filter squeezings from your friends sponge will help if material is kept wet in aquarium water and is done quickly so that the bacteria does not die off during transport due to lack of oxygen rich water and or food(ammonia).
As mentioned earlier , with the fish you have,the filter material may need cleaning more often than in other tanks but I would only clean the material If water flow back into the tank was being restricted or slowed down considerably. If it DOES need cleaning, it is ALWAYS best to clean it by swishing the sponge,pad,cartridge,etc around in old aquarium water you take out during water changes and then stick it back in the filter. Cleaning the filter material in Tapwater that contains chlorine or chloramines.(most have one or the other) will kill off bacteria that you need to process the ammonia,and nitrites.
You are in a tough spot. The fish you have are messy and large. If you watch an Oscar eat, you will note that a considerable amnount of what it eats passes through and across the gills and then back into the aquarium.Add to this the waste produced (poop) and in a tank that has lost it's biological filtert (good bacteria) the levels of ammonia will be problem until the beneficial bacteria can once again develop in sufficient numbers to help consume the ammonia produced by the fish. Reducing feeding for a time,water changes frequently with dechlorinators mentioned, and determination on you part can only benefit the fish. Were it me,, I would perform daily water changes of 30 to 50 percent using the dechlorinators mentioned (one or the other) no matter what the tests say. Once the tank had once again maturedor (cycled) I would continue with twice weekly 50 percent water changes for the life of the tank with the present occupants always mindful that larger tank would be much easier to maintain than crowded tank. Hoipe this helps.
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Old 01-22-2010, 06:08 PM   #26
 
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sry computer has been broke lol tank is clear food is cut down ammonia is still alittle high nitra has droped continueing stabilty and yes friends sponge was kept wet intill it was at my house then i dumped his water plus splashed his sponge around in the water used some carbon to bring ammonia down tank is completely clear but still got a ammonia alittle high its come down alot and so has nitra is at think .25 and ammonia is down to 2.0 and getting lower :) its getting better and yea i knw i want bigger one but i want to jump to 400 gallon so im trying to hold in there to buy this house im looking at so i can pay somebody to build the 400 gallon
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