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Old 10-01-2010, 07:50 AM   #1
 
dead red swordtail

A few days ago I got a red swordtail. Dead this morning. I'm trying to find the cause.
Most recent water readings.
Ph: 7.0 (I think this might be it. Don't they like 7.2 -7.5)
Amonia: .25ppm
Nitrate: 40
Nitrite: 0
(I might have thoes switched around)
I also did a water change, about 30%, yesturday
The only other thing I could think of is the amount of food he was eating. He wouldn't eat whole flakes, so I had to crush them up, but I think he ate enough.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:40 AM   #2
 
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A few days ago I got a red swordtail. Dead this morning. I'm trying to find the cause.
Most recent water readings.
Ph: 7.0 (I think this might be it. Don't they like 7.2 -7.5)
Amonia: .25ppm
Nitrate: 40
Nitrite: 0
(I might have thoes switched around)
I also did a water change, about 30%, yesturday
The only other thing I could think of is the amount of food he was eating. He wouldn't eat whole flakes, so I had to crush them up, but I think he ate enough.
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Could be the Swordtail was affected by elevated ammonia levels which should be zero in a cycled tank.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:59 AM   #3
 
I tested that before my water change, I have had a zebra danio, two tetras and a small catfish doing very well for almost a month. The amonia level may have been a .10ppm (the chart goes from a zero to a .25)
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Old 10-01-2010, 06:07 PM   #4
 
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The ammonia needs to be at 0, always. I too have had fish survive the spikes, I put them in before the tank was cycled... I didn't know of course much about that. Only a few made it, a lot did not. That could very well be it... Fish are usually ok with a slightly different pH as long as you take time to acclimate them.
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Old 10-01-2010, 08:14 PM   #5
 
I'm going to test my tap water for amonia, then test after adding conditioner. I might not be letting the conditioner sit long enough, or it might not be doing a good enough job.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:39 PM   #6
 
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Water conditioner should work instantly if you have a good one. Most of the folks on this forum (including myself) swear by Seachem Prime.

Sorry about your fish :( We've all been there and done that. It's how we learn.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:45 AM   #7
 
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A few days ago I got a red swordtail. Dead this morning. I'm trying to find the cause.
Most recent water readings.
Ph: 7.0 (I think this might be it. Don't they like 7.2 -7.5)
Amonia: .25ppm
Nitrate: 40
Nitrite: 0
(I might have thoes switched around)
I also did a water change, about 30%, yesturday
The only other thing I could think of is the amount of food he was eating. He wouldn't eat whole flakes, so I had to crush them up, but I think he ate enough.
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Are you using test strips? or Chemical testing kit? if you are using the chemical drops.. Shake them well to get a good read.. Swordtails are very hardy fish and can usually survive ammonia to a certain level... Sounds like your cycle is out of balance, I wouldnt worrie a great deal as it should properly cycle...(how long have you had your tank???) You should try Prime water conditioner, It removes metals and detoxifies nitrites.. Might help a bit, if you know anyone with a aquarium that is cycled and or established. see if you can get a peice of there sponge pad from the filter or possibly some water.. sounds a bit ify i know, but your cycle needs a kick in the butt, I did this n worked phanomonaly
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:50 AM   #8
 
im using the freshwater master test kit by api. When you say be sure to shake, are you saying shake the chemicals you put in the test tube, or shake the test tube once everything is in there, i did shake the test tube for a good 2 minutes.
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:53 AM   #9
 
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shake the chemical bottles* sorry for not explaining myself lol, you got a good kit for testing btw... do you have plants?
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:56 AM   #10
 
i do have a plant, i added it one day before the swordtail (i cant remember the exact name of the plant, it is a sword type) I have also had the aquarium for almost a month
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