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post #11 of 16 Old 05-16-2013, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Yea the gar is leaving soon I'm just holding him for a friend who's setting up a pond for it , and I'm going to put plants in this weekend. But you think its heavily stocked even now while all the fish are small , one of my filters are rated for 75 gallons and the other is rated for 50. I only feed what they eat in 2 mins and once a week I'll throw in a few feeders but mainly they eat pellets or blood worms
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post #12 of 16 Old 05-16-2013, 02:13 PM
are you using chemicals like Prime or other ammonia locks or dechlorinators.

plants will raise pH and consume ammonia.

ammonia locks do lock the ammonia but normal test kits still test positive for ammonia.

And they also lock up oxygen which can also lower pH.

So IMHO stop using any chemicals and add live plants.

my .02

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

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post #13 of 16 Old 05-16-2013, 02:38 PM
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I agree with freshcatch. With such large fish in that tank, producing large amounts of waste, you really should be doing 35% water changes minimum, if not 50%, every week. With ammonia built up so high it's possible it's killed all the beneficial bacteria.

If you use an aquarium water changer that connects to the sink water changes are much quicker and easier, if you're still using the bucket method. :)
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post #14 of 16 Old 05-16-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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No the only chemical I ever use is API stress coat + when i change water. And I'm going to look in to that water changer ...didn't know that exist haha , thanks for the advice everyone !
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post #15 of 16 Old 05-16-2013, 08:02 PM
Have you done a test on the water going into the tank, I know that could be adding to the problem. I myself have a goldfish tank(6 goldfish and a pleco) 55 gallons and only do 20%water changes every week and never had a problem with my levels, even though they are supposed to be dirty fish.
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post #16 of 16 Old 05-17-2013, 03:00 AM Thread Starter
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Yea I was collecting water comming out of the filter
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