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post #21 of 45 Old 07-26-2011, 07:49 PM
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Thanks for looking into that. It will be interesting to read their response.
As I said, I changed 50% of the water last night, and only added dechlorinator.
Today the fish looked normal, no outward signs of stress.
The water test is as follows:
Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite .25 ppm
Nitrate 5.0 ppm

What do you recommend I do? When can I start fertilizing the plants?

Thanks for your help

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That nitrite is puzzling; is this with the API liquid test, or strips? I'd be inclined to let it go and check it tomorrow morning. Prime should be effective for 24-48 hours. I've not heard yet from Seachem, I emailed them early this morning.

There are two issues with using the Flourish. One is that Prime detoxifies some of it, but the other is that I would not want to add stuff to the water until this nitrite issue is resolved. I assume no other chemicals/substances are going in the water except Prime?

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post #22 of 45 Old 07-26-2011, 08:58 PM Thread Starter
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Yes, I'm using the API wet test kits NOT the paper strips.
I'll sample the water tomorrow morning and let you know.
That's correct, I've only added the Prime, dechlorinator and fertilizer but stopped that last week when these problems occurred.

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post #23 of 45 Old 07-27-2011, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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This morning the fish looked fine, they were their normal aggressive behavior when fed, because I don't want to over feed them and just add to the problem. Besides there's plenty of plants they can munch on if they get too hungry.

The water chemistry results are as follows:
Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite .25 ppm
Nitriate 5.0 ppm

The nitrites are not going down, but at least they're not going up!

Let me know what you think I should do.

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post #24 of 45 Old 07-27-2011, 01:18 PM
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I wish I was there to observe the fish carefully. Nitrite is dangerous, but this is just not making sense. You have checked your tap water for nitrite, and nitrate?

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Yes I did, but don't remember the results...........I'll do a check tongiht and let you know.
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I have a tap water test from 7/14/11, and the results are:

Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 5 ppm

I just did another tap water test a few minutes ago and the results are:

Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 0 ppm
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I have a tap water test from 7/14/11, and the results are:

Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 5 ppm

I just did another tap water test a few minutes ago and the results are:

Ammonia 0 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 0 ppm
The nitrite isn't coming from the tap water then. Nitrate may be though, as it seems to be variable.

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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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post #28 of 45 Old 07-27-2011, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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So, you think I should wait a few days, sample the tank again and let you know the results?

Thanks for your concern

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So, you think I should wait a few days, sample the tank again and let you know the results?

Thanks for your concern

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This is difficult to advise on, since things are not "normal." But if you are getting nitrite above zero, and 2 days after the last water change with Prime, I would do another. Better safe than lose the fish.

As soon as Seachem get back to me, I'll post the data.

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post #30 of 45 Old 07-28-2011, 08:33 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I understand what you're saying.......I'll do another 50% change tonight.

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