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post #11 of 11 Old 06-29-2012, 06:57 PM
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Originally Posted by KendraMc View Post
the pleco and the shark will be moving to a 75 gallon tank before long. i have it, but i moved this spring and haven't got it set up yet.

i do want to get more plants, and will work on getting some water sprite shortly (anyone have some to sell?). hopefully the vallisneria and amazon swords i have will start to actually grow now that i have a better light.

i do vacuum the substrate every time. i will work on changing more water.

do you think that will help? and any idea why they just started to seem stressed? they always had great color and acted normally before the light change...
As i said, I can't diagnose issues, there could be something here like a protozoan, I don't guess at this. But there is no doubt that maintaining better water does go a log way to preventing and solving health issues of any sort. I was more aiming at the nitrate issue. While i wouldn't expect nitrates at 40ppm to cause this issue directly, I would expect it to have likely contributed by weakening the fish.

Every factor from water chemistry to parameters to water changes to plants to filter to light...all affect each other in a closed system like the aquarium.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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