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post #11 of 14 Old 09-13-2010, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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So I did a water change and retested the water this morning and got the exact same numbers. The fish are active and swimming around like crazy. When I put the drops in it is almost an instant color change. Could I be doing it wrong? It seems pretty easy.
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post #12 of 14 Old 09-13-2010, 10:00 AM
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Maybe get the fish shop to test your water as well? It could be that there is a problem with your testing kit? If they get high readings as well, then you'll know it's not your kit.
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post #13 of 14 Old 09-20-2010, 10:23 AM Thread Starter
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THanks for your help so far, the fish were doing very well. Did many water changes :) My ich is back though, I have 2 mollies, one guppy and a white cloud. So with those fish is it best to do heat and salt? How much and how often are water changes needed? I've read that the meds can end up killing the bacteria and such in the filter, causing levels to go up. Is that true?

Sorry for asking so many questions, but I love the fish and would really like to do this all right.
Thanks again.
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post #14 of 14 Old 09-20-2010, 03:09 PM
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THanks for your help so far, the fish were doing very well. Did many water changes :) My ich is back though, I have 2 mollies, one guppy and a white cloud. So with those fish is it best to do heat and salt? How much and how often are water changes needed? I've read that the meds can end up killing the bacteria and such in the filter, causing levels to go up. Is that true?

Sorry for asking so many questions, but I love the fish and would really like to do this all right.
Thanks again.
Some medications can kill bacteria; some kill plants. Some kill certain fish too. Depends what is in them.

Livebearers (mollies and guppies are livebearers, you may know that but just in case not I mention it) can tolerate salt, so salt plus higher temperature (up to 85F) will be OK. White clouds can manage the salt short-term, but the higher temp may finish them. Do not use any other medications if you do use salt.

With respect to lowering nitrite and nitrate, a daily water change of 50% with a good conditioner is best until the nitrite is below .25 ppm. Prime (made by Seachem) is a good conditioner during this process since it detoxifies ammonia, nitrite and nitrate and is to my knowledge the only one to handle all three. Obviously the salt has to be replenished at each water change, but only for the amount of water exchanged.

And a belated welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.

Byron.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
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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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