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Old 06-18-2012, 05:55 PM   #31
 
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yup figured so well ill do on 50 % today and one in another 3 days maybe
At this point you should be monitoring Ammonia and Nitrite. If readings are weird or above 0ppm you should do at least a 50% that day. You should monitor this every day until it settles just to make sure the fish are ok. That's what I suggest.

Just keep check of the readings and when everying it 0ppm you can relax and switch to weekly water changes.
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Old 06-18-2012, 08:08 PM   #32
 
thank u everybody for ur input we will get to the bottom of it thanks to u guys. ill keep u updated
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:03 PM   #33
 
well water change complete ill test in abit fishies are happy heres video from today after water change
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvOJR...ature=youtu.be
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:35 PM   #34
 
nitrite test pics after water change today. Can i do another 50% change tomorrow or is this too much shock for fish i dont want to loose one.
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Old 06-19-2012, 12:56 PM   #35
 
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You could do another good water change, twice a day when things are not going well, as long as you use a good de-chlorination. Did you get some Prime? This is a good one. It will also protect your fish if there is harmful stuff present.

How are the other params as a matter of interest? Any ammonia showing at all?

I think that test is gone off or something??

Have you thought about buying a new kit, or just a new nitrite tester? Nutrition do a good nitrite on its own.. Could be worth a shot, just to see if is your api kit that's wrong.
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Old 06-19-2012, 02:47 PM   #36
 
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You could do another good water change, twice a day when things are not going well, as long as you use a good de-chlorination. Did you get some Prime? This is a good one. It will also protect your fish if there is harmful stuff present.

How are the other params as a matter of interest? Any ammonia showing at all?

I think that test is gone off or something??

Have you thought about buying a new kit, or just a new nitrite tester? Nutrition do a good nitrite on its own.. Could be worth a shot, just to see if is your api kit that's wrong.
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Ill do another change tomorrow. No prime yet will on thursday as im 2 hrs from closest place. Iv been using nutrafin aqua plus for conditioner but thursday ill stock up on prime and stabilize one for sure. fish r very active now
Nitrates 10ppm
ammonia is almost 0 very very close
Nitrites still weird but lighter color since change
ph is still around 8 cant seem to lower ph either.
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:13 PM   #37
 
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Ill do another change tomorrow. No prime yet will on thursday as im 2 hrs from closest place. Iv been using nutrafin aqua plus for conditioner but thursday ill stock up on prime and stabilize one for sure. fish r very active now
Nitrates 10ppm
ammonia is almost 0 very very close
Nitrites still weird but lighter color since change
ph is still around 8 cant seem to lower ph either.
You don't want to Lower the ph, this is complicated and pretty unsafe for the fish. You can do it by mixing tap water with RO water, or rain water or some kind of pure water. But trying to do it with chemicals is not recommended I don't think, others might be able to tell you better.

A ph of 8 is normal if you are in a hard water area, mine is 8.2 and I leave it there. If you have soft water fish then this is something you'll need to address.

The positive thing here is that if you had a problem the fish would be letting you know by now...
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Old 06-19-2012, 05:50 PM   #38
 
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Chemicals are bad for fish and almost never work. IMO you cant do too many water changes when the water is off.
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:29 PM   #39
 
morning everybody very exciting day here!!! did another 50 percent water change about half hour ago and retested after half hour of mixing here is the new and improved nitrite level (so happy) almost retested to make sure. Primes coming tomorrow so ill add that once i get it.
Nitrite 0ppm
ammonia between 0 and .25
ph 7.8
Nitrate ( i knew it would be high with water change its 80ppm)
updated video of fish after change at
after water change #2 - YouTube
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Old 06-20-2012, 01:54 PM   #40
 
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Thats great news man, so weird that it did that though out of the blue eh??

That colour is much better now!! bit worrying you saying the nitrate is 80ppm because of the water change?? how come its so high? do you have high nitrate in your tap water?

I have around 40ppm nitrate right outa my tap, this sucks. I do have tonnes of live plants in my tank though so I hope they use some of that up when I do my water changes.... but my tank always runs high nitrate, whatever I do..

Have you ever thought about adding live plants to your tank? thats a big old tank, and to my eye you could make that thing look super nice by throwing a bunch of plants. a good few bunches of fast growing stem plants, a few amazon swords, and a handful of crypts at the front!! Sweet.

The plants will help you no end with the quality of your water too... so many benefits to live plants, that cannot be overstated.
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