10-23-2010, 07:46 PM
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high nitrates and bad smell from tank
This is my first post and I am hoping I can get some help. We have had to bring in our pond fish due to a leak in our liner... We have a 55 gallon tank and have 15 good size perhaps 5 to 6 inch fish. They have been in the tank for just under a week and the room they are in really smells... the water is a bit cloudy and the nitrates are very high... Everything else seems to be in line..... We used the pond water in the hopes the fish would not be too stressed... I have done water changes, cleaned filers and added Nutrafin Cycle... Still I cannot get the nitrates down and I know if it goes much longer my fish will be dead... If anyone can help me I would appreciate it.... I did go to fish store and they gave me Tetra Safe Start... I am not sure if I should be adding that... Please help...
Thank you so much.