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post #51 of 65 Old 11-13-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Those results are fine, re the ammonia especially. Avoid any stress to the fish so they can be calm. Then let's hope for the best.

Ok...Thank you for your help Bryon
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post #52 of 65 Old 11-16-2012, 11:57 AM Thread Starter
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I have been buying 7 gallons of R/O water(Culligan) from Walmart to see if it will help my fish.It's now between 7.6 and 7.4(High range).They are still breathing some what the same.Maybe not as hard.Ammonia,nitate,and nitrite all seem real good.Hope this will help.The Rams like the water a little soft.
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I have been buying 7 gallons of R/O water(Culligan) from Walmart to see if it will help my fish.It's now between 7.6 and 7.4(High range).They are still breathing some what the same.Maybe not as hard.Ammonia,nitate,and nitrite all seem real good.Hope this will help.The Rams like the water a little soft.
As long as ammonia and nitrite remain zero, things will be as best as you can have them now.

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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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post #55 of 65 Old 11-19-2012, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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Just did a water change and took out 10 gallons of water and added 10 gallons of RO water.Water is still between 7.6 and high 7.4.When will it go down?Fish are still breathing the same.Water is at 0 on all 3.Still frustrating:(Hate to see my fish breathing like this
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Just did a water change and took out 10 gallons of water and added 10 gallons of RO water.Water is still between 7.6 and high 7.4.When will it go down?Fish are still breathing the same.Water is at 0 on all 3.Still frustrating:(Hate to see my fish breathing like this
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Can you email me a video of now?

Generally, unless I see something in the video, as long as ammonia and nitrite are zero the issue is resolved. Maybe another member knows if damage to the gills from high ammonia will continue to make the fish respiration faster once the ammonia is gone. I don't know this.

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Just did a water change and took out 10 gallons of water and added 10 gallons of RO water.Water is still between 7.6 and high 7.4.When will it go down?Fish are still breathing the same.Water is at 0 on all 3.Still frustrating:(Hate to see my fish breathing like this
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Hopefully never.

high pH means low carbon dioxide hence easier breathing for your fish.

My uncirculated planted tanks had a pH value much higher then that. Like 8.4-8.8 with the api high range test kit. Fish that are reported as "needing" soft low pH water live for years with no heavy breathing.

(It's not the pH but why the pH is at the value).

Still just my .02

maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #58 of 65 Old 11-19-2012, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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Those results are fine, re the ammonia especially. Avoid any stress to the fish so they can be calm. Then let's hope for the best.
Ok....Ammonia is 0..I will test in the morning and post a pic.
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post #59 of 65 Old 11-25-2012, 07:23 PM Thread Starter
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Water is still the same.I was doing a 40% water change today and noticed my Electric Blue Ram was being aggressive and even came after my hand when I was cleaning near him.I couldn't figure it out.He was being real aggressive toward all the other tank mates that got close to him.I was trimming back the plants when I saw what looked like something growing on the leaves.I rubbed my finger on them and realized they were eggs he was guarding.I felt SOOOO bad.There are still some on the leaf.He and the other EBR which I'm guessing now is a female have been guarding this leaf all day.I do hope they hatch but not sure they will make it with all the other fish in there.I felt bad all day cuz I disturbed the eggs
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Water is still the same.I was doing a 40% water change today and noticed my Electric Blue Ram was being aggressive and even came after my hand when I was cleaning near him.I couldn't figure it out.He was being real aggressive toward all the other tank mates that got close to him.I was trimming back the plants when I saw what looked like something growing on the leaves.I rubbed my finger on them and realized they were eggs he was guarding.I felt SOOOO bad.There are still some on the leaf.He and the other EBR which I'm guessing now is a female have been guarding this leaf all day.I do hope they hatch but not sure they will make it with all the other fish in there.I felt bad all day cuz I disturbed the eggs
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In a community tank, fry survival is rare. Plus the issue of feeding them. The cichlids will spawn repeatedly, never fear.

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