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post #11 of 17 Old 10-11-2011, 12:01 PM
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What were you saying about a current thing that you built? What is that? I ask because I think they are calm water fish and may have been at the bottom to avoid the current. Perhaps the current stressed them to the point that they died?

Also, there's a sticky about adding lotsa stem/floating plants to help ease or even erase the cycle, depending on how many plants. I think its here http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/ Other people here have a lot of experience in that. So, its an idea for you, if ya want.
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Don't do all the scrubbing and massive water changes yet, this will likely only make things worse as it will probably destroy your nitrificaton cycle. Get an API liquid test kit, the "Master" has pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate which is all you need, and check the water. Let us know the numbers for each test. We'll go from there.

In the meantime, a 50% water change can't hurt anything. But add nothing else except the water conditioner; which one are you using?

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post #13 of 17 Old 10-11-2011, 07:01 PM Thread Starter
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I am using the tetra aqua safe if you have anything better please let me know.
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I am using the tetra aqua safe if you have anything better please let me know.
That's fine. If the test results indicate ammonia or nitrites, a conditioner that also detoxifies these would be advisable during the initial phase. Prime by Seachem does, and Ultimate (forgotten the manufacturer, Aquarium Solutions I think). This will deal with initial cycling ammonia and nitrite.

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Okay, well I also have easy balance from tetra. Does that do the same thing? And, also, I was wondering should i recycle my tank, but try it with out fish?
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Okay, well I also have easy balance from tetra. Does that do the same thing? And, also, I was wondering should i recycle my tank, but try it with out fish?
This has to be worked through naturally. At this stage, the fish will die or they won't, no matter what, so I would let the tank establish. Regular daily water changes of 50% if ammonia and nitrite remain above zero is the best remedy. If you can get a small bottle of Prime or Ultimate, fine.

EasyBalance is a substance i do not recommend. It messes with the natural biology, creating ammonia initially. I would not use it. Let the tank biology establish naturally.

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post #17 of 17 Old 10-14-2011, 07:38 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, sorry it took me so long I have been busy the past two days. Tonight I am going to get the API test kit along with that prime solution. I am also going to do a 50 percent water change then test again. I should be able to give you the numbers from the test tonight. Anything else you think I should do let me know.
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