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post #1 of 4 Old 04-27-2014, 07:49 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Help? water temperature is lowering and one fish has died already!!

My fish was swimming like spastic this morning then he just sunk down to the bottom of the tank, he didn't move for about 10 mins and he later on started swimming which I thought he was okay.
I check on him few times through out the day and had notice that's he was swimming close to the bottom of the tank then I check on him again and found him died, poor salt n pepper do you think it could of been caused by the heater I notice it wasn't it's regularly temperate which it was 27c and it drop to 24c could it of been heater?

I have 120 litre tank with 150 watter heater I have added 11 watt heater.
I have been having troubles with ammonia lately it was extermly high. My ratings are for today
PH" 6.6
Ammonia: 2ppm
Nitrates: 5ppm
Nitrites: 0ppm

I have added ammonia lock and havent done water change for todat, what should I do? I only have 3 fishes left?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-27-2014, 07:55 AM
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Yikes on that ammonia

I would do a fairly large water change to get that ammonia down. Do you have any Prime conditioner on hand? If so, I'd use at least triple the dose to help out in the meantime.

Any idea what caused your ammonia to spike? Was this tank cycled to begin with?

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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i think my tank cycled last week, it was new setup, new filter etc... plus i had the old filter running in the new tank and transfered the water as well. The ammonia was extermly high and everything spiked for 2 or 3 days then went back to 0, is that cycled? I think i had too much pebbles where all lot of waste got stuck and my family member kept comming into my room and feeding the fishes without me knowing. I don't have any prime at the moment
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post #4 of 4 Old 04-27-2014, 08:39 AM
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Your tank is cycled when ammonia is back to zero. It sounds to me like you're having a spike/mini cycle probably due to overfeeding and waste in the gravel.

Did you add the fish after you had the ammonia at zero? Your beneficial bacteria needs to catch up to the bioload slowly after adding new fish.

Do a good water change and gravel vac. and if possible, get some Prime to help out. It removes the ammonia and renders nitrIte and nitrAte harmful for small periods of time (maybe 24 hrs or so).

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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