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Having some fishtank problems
Old 08-06-2012, 01:40 PM   #21
 
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I'm definitely going to have to try that but the filter I have is a canister filter.
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Should not matter, Just drop intake and return hose in the tub holding fish.
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:49 PM   #22
 
23% of water changed I toped it up and am going to do this every other day until the Nitrates and down drastically then I will do weekly 50% water changes. I just hope that won't kill off good bacteria
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:00 PM   #23
 
I just checked the lot number on my API Fresh Water Test Kit and it is from 2007 every bottle is marked that. Wasn't sure how accurate it still was. sorry for the multiple posts guys just figured i'd ask all this stuff it's better to be safe than sorry.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:47 PM   #24
 
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23% of water changed I toped it up and am going to do this every other day until the Nitrates and down drastically then I will do weekly 50% water changes. I just hope that won't kill off good bacteria
Water changes shouldn't kill off good bacteria. The good bacteria lives on submerged items, such as gravel and filter material.

You have gotten some very good advice here from other members.

My personal opinion is to probably hold off on the gravel change until you get things taken care of.

The aquarium salt... I would for sure stop using it. If you had Cichlids that liked it, or are using it to treat a medical issue that would be a slightly different story, but for the fish you have, aquarium salt will for sure do more damage.

The red fish is a harlequin rasbora, the eel looks like a striped peacock eel. The little striped silver look fish appear to be zebra danios (which also prefer a lower temps in the mid-high 70s).

To help with stress, the rasbora especially, would appreciate a floating plant (real or fake).

When it comes to de-chlorinator, I have never really counted drops. It isnt something that will hurt the fish, so over using when doing a water change is fine. I always just throw in a good squirt and go. (Currently do not have my fish tanks running...filters died on me, so I found the fish new homes, broke the tanks down, and am now in the process of moving.)

Good luck.
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Old 08-06-2012, 02:54 PM   #25
 
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Water changes shouldn't kill off good bacteria. The good bacteria lives on submerged items, such as gravel and filter material.

You have gotten some very good advice here from other members.

My personal opinion is to probably hold off on the gravel change until you get things taken care of.

The aquarium salt... I would for sure stop using it. If you had Cichlids that liked it, or are using it to treat a medical issue that would be a slightly different story, but for the fish you have, aquarium salt will for sure do more damage.

The red fish is a harlequin rasbora, the eel looks like a striped peacock eel. The little striped silver look fish appear to be zebra danios (which also prefer a lower temps in the mid-high 70s).

To help with stress, the rasbora especially, would appreciate a floating plant (real or fake).

When it comes to de-chlorinator, I have never really counted drops. It isnt something that will hurt the fish, so over using when doing a water change is fine. I always just throw in a good squirt and go. (Currently do not have my fish tanks running...filters died on me, so I found the fish new homes, broke the tanks down, and am now in the process of moving.)

Good luck.
Hey Amanda thanks for stoping and checking out the post. There's tons of great info I recieved from other members that I will try out btw you seem to really know your fish because the names are coming back to me now and I believe what you said about the eel is true I think that's the type of eel he is. I got him from Petsmart a few years back.
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Old 08-06-2012, 06:58 PM   #26
 
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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?
I seriously expect the loss of scales on the fish to be due to the salt. This is a lot of salt, and it is burning them. One teaspoon in 16 gallons will cause severe stress in soft water fish. And then there is the TDS (total dissolved solids). A teaspoon of salt adds about 2400 ppm of TDS, and that is going to stress out these soft water fish even more, as it will add to the TDS from the hard minerals, water conditioners, fish foods, etc.

Read up on the salt issue here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-97842/

The salt can be dilouted with partial water changes over a period of time, just don't add more.
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Old 08-06-2012, 07:07 PM   #27
 
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I seriously expect the loss of scales on the fish to be due to the salt. This is a lot of salt, and it is burning them. One teaspoon in 16 gallons will cause severe stress in soft water fish. And then there is the TDS (total dissolved solids). A teaspoon of salt adds about 2400 ppm of TDS, and that is going to stress out these soft water fish even more, as it will add to the TDS from the hard minerals, water conditioners, fish foods, etc.

Read up on the salt issue here:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...quarium-97842/

The salt can be dilouted with partial water changes over a period of time, just don't add more.
I wish the petstores wouldn't give false information :-/ I told them I have the Danos etc and they suggested the salt lol I don't think however that the 4 Danos I lost each day in a row was from that I think it was from the high Nitrate levels but believe me. I don't plan on using salt again but what Freshwater fish does need this salt?
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:11 PM   #28
 
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No freshwater fish needs sodium chloride salt (table salt and that stuff they sell at the pet store). Some fish like goldfish and cichlids need a high amount of dissolved minerals. This is sometimes accomplished by adding "cichlid salts" which are not the same thing as the API Aquarium Salt. In chemistry, the word salt refers to any ionic compound that results from the neutralization of an acid and base. Mini chemistry lesson in fishkeeping lol!

I agree with you on petstore advice. I can't tell you how many times people have been lead astray by their advice. Those kids are paid to sell stuff, not give good recommendations on fishkeeping.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:21 PM   #29
 
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You have a really nice tank setup Chris.
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Old 08-06-2012, 10:52 PM   #30
 
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Petsmart and Petco use aquarium salt in their store tanks all the time on freshwater fish for one purpose... to hide or attempt to prevent sickness and such. They always tell fish buyers to add salt, as they do.
I know this very well, as a teen I worked at a Petsmart, and still have a few friends that work for them.
My advice for any new fish keepers is always to do your homework before getting into the hobby, and to keep informing yourself.

Thanks for the compliment, Chris. My knowledge of dog and cat breeds is much better (former vet tech here!). lol

I wish you much luck with the tank. As I said in our PMs, once the salt is out and clean water there, the fish will come around. Also maintaining a stable temperature that all the fish can be comfortable in. Your tank is very beautifully set up.
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