Originally Posted by peterman
55 gallon tank. im using a marinelandvbiowheel power filter penguin 350. the nitrite is 0 ppm, ammonia is 8.0( but that looks incorrect becuz the rest of my fish are just fine), nitrate is 20 ppm, and the ph is 7.4. i feed them 2 times a day one in the morning and one at night tetra cichlid crisps.and it is non planted.
PS: my dog is a mutt half lab, half pit bull but shes really nice
Is this tank also holding silver dollars,angelfish,and bala shark along with the tinfoil barbs and pleco?Are you changing a portion of water each week?(topping off aquarium doesn't count).
Are you cleaning your filter material in dechlorinated water or aquarium water you take out during water changes or have you cleaned it with tapwater?
Are you using a good dechlorinator such as PRIME or AMQUEL+ that detoxify AMMONIA, CHLORINE,and CHLORAMIES?(I would)
Tin foil barbs can grow to 12 inches maybe a bit larger. As fish grow, we have a tendency to offer more food and as fish grow they also produce more waste. Could be larger ,more frequent water changes are in order.
Would also submit that I would want a second opinion on test results for ammona,nitrites,and nitrAtes. Ammonia and Nitrites must read zero between weekly water changes in a cycled tank and nitrAtes should remain low as well with 20ppm being ideal.
Tinfoil barbs as well as siver dollars are largely vegetarians (herbivores). Same for pleco. They need staple( regular )foods like spirulina flake,perhaps Omega One veggie flakes,lettuce,spinach leaves,and occasional meaty foods like bloodworms,or brine shrimp.
You say all of your other fish are fine,If your ammonia levels are anything but zero in a cycled tank,, your other fishes may perish as well.
P.S. Love your dog, I had a black lab/Pit bull mix (Jake) . RIP