Well Just when I thought I had everything under control I came home to a mess today...
My tank water was cloudy again and I had one fish stuck to each filter intake and one floating on the surface.
I have no one to blame but myself for this I never properly cycled my tank. I have been fighting with the water since day 3. Almost every day I do a water change. Any time I try to leave it for more than a day my ammonia starts to climb. Usually no more than .5 ppm
Things seemed to calm down 4 weeks later the ammonia was only traceable .25 or less I had less than 5 ppm nitrate and no nitrites since the first week.
I thought for the most part my tank was cycling... Nearly done. I have several live plants and while my tank is overstocked its not horribly overstocked.
I am running 2 filters and figured by now things should have been established. How wrong was I.
I lost 2 neon tetra's 1 black tetra and 1 oto cat.
Thankfully my 2 expensive fish are ok. although im paranoid.
So I came home to the following test results before I did a massive water change.
Ammonia 2.0 ppm to 4.0 somewhere in the middle (much higher than normal)
Nitrite 1.0 ppm (first time I have even gotten a reading on this since the last week of December.)
and Nitrate 5.0 give or take ppm.
I did about a 70% water change using only SeaChem's prime with the new water.
Test results after
PH 8.2 (I had no RO water to offset the PH of all the new tap water)
Ammonia .25 or less
Nitrite back to unreadable
Nitrate almost 0
I am so paranoid of losing my Boeseman I love them i have one male and one female and they get along so well with my other fish . The female in color is a little bland but the male seems to like her ;) She was much cheaper as well 4.00 vs 15.00
The rest of my fish as this sounds horrible I wouldn't mind so much.I have kept all the other types of fish years ago in my 55g but never the bosmani.
I am thinking I did something to cause my tank to start cycling all over again... Ughhh The only thing I can think of was I rinsed (in aquarium water) my aqueon filter pad as it was overflowing in the bypass on the filter. I left my aqua clear alone.