03-18-2012, 06:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Hellrazzer
"I dont have the numbers and sadly dont have a way of testing them on my own right now, imma buy the kit soon tho. ive started feeding them less, a pinch of food 2 times a day and a few shrimp pellets for the bottom feeders. 30G. 3 angle fish a reg pleco a longfin bushynose pleco, 1 chinese algee eater, 1 bamboo shrimp, 1 pictus catfish,1 african butterfly fish, and 1 senegal bichir, all fish r under 3". im using tap water but have no way of testing it atm.
WoW umm okay there are some issues with the size tank you have how many "big" fish you have in there. I know you say they are all under 3" but many will get huge and need bigger tanks. The bichir alone needs a 75 gallon tank at minimum. The regular pleco is also going to get to big for the tank. My first suggestions would be to re-home the bichir, the regular pleco and the Chinese algae eater (as it gets aggressive when it gets older). The tank is over-stocked the way it is which is the reason for the high nitrates ( also assuming the other numbers may be up too). The more in a small tank the more waste is produced in a small tank that just can't handle it unless you do more water changes but this is still not fair to the fish. When fish are put into a tank that is too small to house them. It causes them serious harm cause through it may appear that the fish stops growing in fact it never does internally. So then you have a defend very unhealthy fish.