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Having some fishtank problems
Old 08-06-2012, 12:44 PM   #11
 
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The fish issue may be one or several factors, each adding stress which weakens fish but also possibly directly affecting them. Salt will burn fish scales. How much are you adding, and why. At the very least, this is causing them stress, as these are all soft water fish. I only put aquarium salt in aquarium salt in whenever I do a monthly 50% water change for the electrolytes I add 1 tablespoon for ever 5 gallons so about 10 1/2 tablespoons of of salt. Not sure what I'm going to do now since I will be doing 25% water changes the thing is if I do these water changes at that percentage how can I gravel vac that whole tank without going past that mark?

Second observation is the high nitrates that will stress fish, contributing to the problem. The water changes should get these back to normal.

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I only put aquarium salt in aquarium salt in whenever I do a monthly 50% water change for the electrolytes I add 1 tablespoon for ever 5 gallons so about 10 1/2 tablespoons of of salt. Not sure what I'm going to do now since I will be doing 25% water changes the thing is if I do these water changes at that percentage how can I gravel vac that whole tank without going past that mark?
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:58 PM   #12
 
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If the unknown fish is the second photo, it's a rasbora. Most likely a harlequin rasbora, as that's the most common species.
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Old 08-06-2012, 12:58 PM   #13
 
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I agree with Byron regarding the salt,it is not needed and Freshwater fishes don't need this.
Now if you have very soft water and were using marine salt to increase hardness that would be different story.
You can vaccum one third of the tank during each water change and a different one third each time, but I would not worry bout changing a little more water and vaccuming say one half.
Would not go hog wild and try and clean too much at once and would take care to clean filter material in old aquarium water you remove and not replace it all at one time should it need to be replaced.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:06 PM   #14
 
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I agree with Byron regarding the salt,it is not needed and Freshwater fishes don't need this.
Now if you have very soft water and were using marine salt to increase hardness that would be different story.
You can vaccum one third of the tank during each water change and a different one third each time, but I would not worry bout changing a little more water and vaccuming say one half.
Would not go hog wild and try and clean too much at once and would take care to clean filter material in old aquarium water you remove and not replace it all at one time should it need to be replaced.
Yeah I was going by what the Petsmart guy said a few years back he was saying to use aquarium salt during each water change. I should really get the API Stress+ stuff then and use it each time I do a water change then. The way I have things setup is I have a gravel vac hooked up to the bathroom faucet and drain it to that and fill the fresh stuff straight into the tank then put in 55 drops of the water conditioner. So if I have to change 23% of water then how many drops would I have to put in? As you can see I'm not good at numbers when it comes to fish tanks lol. As far as the high nitrates can I do a partial gravel vac every other day to lower it or can I just stick to a once a week interval? Btw I do believe I have hard water because I do have all that calcium build up in the back of the tank on the rear of the hood.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:07 PM   #15
 
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Hey all how's it going? I'm trying to get back on track with my 55 gallon tank. It has been neglected a lot because of school and has only been getting 50% water changes once a month (I know not good) I really never check the water parameters either (haven't really had any problems until now). One by one last month I have lost my Giant danos they would lose scales around their gills and this was around the time college was ending for the summer so I did 50% water change and got got out my 5 year old test kit which who knows how accurate that is it's an API Fresh water test kit (liquid). The Nitrates were about 80ppm if I remember correctly and ammonia was 0 and PH was about 7.6 I have community fish the names escape me and I also have a small eel and a big pleco i've had him since 2008. My questions are I want to take better care of this tank and do weekly water changes to try and bring the Nitrates down extremely low level. I would like to do weekly 50% water changes and would like to switch out the fading black gravel with natural looking brown gravel. I just checked the tank temps now to and it's at 84F I live on a 2nd floor and it's the hottest room in the house I've had the heater off since about May because it would stay around 80F. When I do water changes I put aquarium salt in and tap water conditioner. Another problem I have is I see on the internet people do 23% water changes honestly I don't know where 23% woud fall on this tank. Sorry if my questions are scattered about lol. I appreciate the help.

Should you decide to switch out the gravel,,I would keep a nylon stocking (toe section) of the old gravel wet in old aquarium water ,and after i filled the new tank back up with water,,i would plop the bag of old gravel in the tank to help seed the new substrate with bacteria.
Would also take care to keep filter material wet in same old tank water and try to make it so the switch doesn't take more than an hour. (Rinse the new gravel before emptying the old).
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:09 PM   #16
 
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Should you decide to switch out the gravel,,I would keep a nylon stocking (toe section) of the old gravel wet in old aquarium water ,and after i filled the new tank back up with water,,i would plop the bag of old gravel in the tank to help seed the new substrate with bacteria.
Would also take care to keep filter material wet in same old tank water and try to make it so the switch doesn't take more than an hour. (Rinse the new gravel before emptying the old).
so I can still do that with fish in the tank?
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:32 PM   #17
 
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so I can still do that with fish in the tank?
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Would not do this with fish in the tank.Stirring up old gravel,disturbing it,can release organic's and possibly cause ammonia to be released which would be toxic to fish.
Place the fish in a large rubbemaid tub with your filter, old aquarium water, a couple airstones,and heater, and so long as the process is done quickly, then just net the fish from the tub after new gravel is in, and replace heater,and fire up the filter.
I just recently did this in 80 gal tank, and took less than 40 minutes (took longer to catch the fish).
Drain half the tank into the tub,move filter and heater ,and airstone to the tub,catch the fish (will be easier with some water removed).
Scoop out the old gravel into empty tub (Keep some as mentioned in nylon),add the new gravel,replace filter and heater to the tank,fill the tank with not too cold/warm of water(dechlorinated),and then net the fish from the tub and place em back in the tank.
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Yeah I was going by what the Petsmart guy said a few years back he was saying to use aquarium salt during each water change. I should really get the API Stress+ stuff then and use it each time I do a water change then. The way I have things setup is I have a gravel vac hooked up to the bathroom faucet and drain it to that and fill the fresh stuff straight into the tank then put in 55 drops of the water conditioner. So if I have to change 23% of water then how many drops would I have to put in? As you can see I'm not good at numbers when it comes to fish tanks lol. As far as the high nitrates can I do a partial gravel vac every other day to lower it or can I just stick to a once a week interval? Btw I do believe I have hard water because I do have all that calcium build up in the back of the tank on the rear of the hood.
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Could drain into bucket and count how many bucket's it takes to drain what you want.
This should tell you how many drops are needed for number of bucket's filled depending.
For me,,, I would use conditioner such as PRIME which will last longer (takes less to treat same volume of water than all other's) and just add enough of it to treat 50 gal at each water change, regardless of whether I removed 23 % or 50%.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:32 PM   #19
 
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Would not do this with fish in the tank.Stirring up old gravel,disturbing it,can release organic's and possibly cause ammonia to be released which would be toxic to fish.
Place the fish in a large rubbemaid tub with your filter, old aquarium water, a couple airstones,and heater, and so long as the process is done quickly, then just net the fish from the tub after new gravel is in, and replace heater,and fire up the filter.
I just recently did this in 80 gal tank, and took less than 40 minutes (took longer to catch the fish).
Drain half the tank into the tub,move filter and heater ,and airstone to the tub,catch the fish (will be easier with some water removed).
Scoop out the old gravel into empty tub (Keep some as mentioned in nylon),add the new gravel,replace filter and heater to the tank,fill the tank with not too cold/warm of water(dechlorinated),and then net the fish from the tub and place em back in the tank.
I'm definitely going to have to try that but the filter I have is a canister filter.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:35 PM   #20
 
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Could drain into bucket and count how many bucket's it takes to drain what you want.
This should tell you how many drops are needed for number of bucket's filled depending.
For me,,, I would use conditioner such as PRIME which will last longer (takes less to treat same volume of water than all other's) and just add enough of it to treat 50 gal at each water change, regardless of whether I removed 23 % or 50%.
so even if I did 23% I can still add enough to treat 55 gallons? I just literally got done doing a 23% water change and added some drops of the water conditioner. I also added new carbon to my canister tank since I had to take the old stuff out for a week to use that Melafix.
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