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my babies are dying and "gasping" for air - why?
Old 01-08-2009, 11:34 PM   #11
 
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I use the API master test kit. You can purchase online much cheaper than retail. It's a must have to be successful, IMO. I always add Nitromax after my water changes but add Prime to the water that I'm going to be adding during the water change. I didn't know that Cycle is a dechlorinater. I always thought is was beneficial bacteria only. I'm sure using Nitromax is an unneeded product for my tank as it's cycled. I just to it because it makes me feel better .
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:36 PM   #12
 
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This is where I purchase mine; it's the least expensive that I've found:

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Old 01-08-2009, 11:38 PM   #13
 
Thanks for the info on that, specifically the name. I will look for it tomorrow on my weekly adventure to civilization!!
Gawrsh, I might just go crazy and hit the McDonald's too!!
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:41 PM   #14
 
Unfortunately, the Aquarium Guys only ship within the US, so I'll have to try and locate another site within Canada. I'll check the prices tomorrow and see how their $20.99 compares
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:43 PM   #15
 
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Maybe www.thatfishplace.com ships to Canada?
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:47 PM   #16
 
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Hi. So sorry to hear you're having such trouble.

Cycle is not a dechlorinator. It's supposed to be bacteria to help cycle your tank but it doesn't work. I've used it before. Make sure you pick up a water conditioner like Prime which neutralizes chlorine, chloramine and heavy metals. Even if you think your chlorine levels are low it can affect your fish. You should be using it at each water change.
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Old 01-08-2009, 11:49 PM   #17
 
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Jeaninel- Thanks for clarifying that. That's what I thought but I wasn't 100% sure. Prime is a GREAT product and highly recommended.
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:37 AM   #18
 
if you add bacteria for cycling to dechlorinated water, it kills the bacteria. Just a note. If you want, leaving water out for a day or two will cause the chlorine to evaporate. However, most water conditioners remove other stuff too so investing in a conditioner would probably be better.
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Old 01-09-2009, 02:27 AM   #19
 
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If you're looking for a good site, I use www.mops.ca they're based in Ontario I believe. I'm in Alberta, and I buy almost everything from them and it gets here in record time. Sorry about your fish, I hope they all make a full recovery
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Old 01-09-2009, 10:37 AM   #20
 
Do you have any info about the filter which is on your tank? Maybe the brand and model #? I'm just curious if it's sufficient for your tank or not.

Obviously all of those extra fish will grow quickly and will need to go eventually. But for now, I think your tank is just adjusting to the greater bio-load and will settle down soon.

You don't need to get too crazy with the water changes. Daily changes of 30% until things settle down should be plenty. Once a week may not be enough though once things settle unless the filter you have on your tank is serious business. That's a lot of fish in there.
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