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Old 09-12-2010, 10:20 PM   #1
 
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I have a new 27 tank it has been cycled, tested the water all levels were good so added fish. Fish got ich, this killed all 4 tetras. We treated as recommended by the fish store, 1st treatment was fine, 2nd treatment, lost one guppy. Then did 25% water change, I just tested the levels and nitrates and nitrites are through the roof.
pH is 7.5 and ammonia is 0 - 0.6 (can't really tell if there is a bit of color there.) What do I do? We haven't been having any luck with this and I really need some help.
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:39 PM   #2
 
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Welcome to the forum. Sorry you are having trouble.

I'd do another water change. Keep up the water changes while you have readings for ammonia and/or nitrite. Do one every day if you have high readings.

How long's your tank been running? What fish do you have in there? Are you still medicating for ich/are the fish still affected?
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:51 PM   #3
 
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Welcome to the forum. Sorry you are having trouble.

I'd do another water change. Keep up the water changes while you have readings for ammonia and/or nitrite. Do one every day if you have high readings.

How long's your tank been running? What fish do you have in there? Are you still medicating for ich/are the fish still affected?
Agree w/ tanker, keep up on the water changes (every day if you have to) until your readings come back down. If the tank was cycled prior to meds it's possible (though not likely) that the biological filter was killed off by the meds. I've heard that some meds can cause this, but usually not Ich medications. What type of meds are/did you use?

Welcome to TFK, and I'm also very sorry you're having problems. Not fun!
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:54 PM   #4
 
My tanks been runny for about 8 weeks, right now we have 2 mollie, 1 guppy (had 2 till this morning) 2 white clouds. that is it. Not medicating for ich anymore, there are no spots on any of the fish that are left. I was told to up the water temp to 80 F for a week before I bring it back down.
I will try another water change tomorrow and see if that helps. Is it normal for both the nitrates and nitrites to be so high with ammonia levels at 0 ( I tested it again)
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:56 PM   #5
 
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You say the readings are "through the roof". What exactly are your readings for nitrItes and nitrAtes?
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:57 PM   #6
 
aunt kymmie, we used liquid super ick cure and added salt as instructed by the pet store.
Thanks for the welcome. I hope things get better and I figure this out, this seems like a great place to learn.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:00 PM   #7
 
Nitrite was 3.3mg/L and nitrate was 110mg/L
Reading directions again and it says high levels of nitrite will interfere with nitrate reading.
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:05 PM   #8
 
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aunt kymmie, we used liquid super ick cure and added salt as instructed by the pet store.
Thanks for the welcome. I hope things get better and I figure this out, this seems like a great place to learn.
If I was a betting person I'd say the combo of med AND salt together is what caused your fish to expire. Another piece of bad advice from a pet store employee

Tetras don't do well in salt, most fish won't for that matter. Heat & salt OR meds is what we can use as aquarists to treat Ich, but not all those things combined.
What are your exact readings on the nitrite and nitrate??
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:09 PM   #9
 
Yeah, I figured that could be part of the problem, I should have researched it better myself before doing it. The fish in the store dont' really look all that well taken care of but it's our only option here
Nitrite was 3.3mg/L and nitrate was 110mg/L
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Old 09-12-2010, 11:36 PM   #10
 
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Those are huge numbers. I wouldn't think any fish could survive that. What type of test kit? And I should stop asking you questions so you can go do your water change. Yikes.
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