10-02-2010, 12:45 AM
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Originally Posted by bullet15963
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)
(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