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post #11 of 23 Old 06-26-2013, 01:47 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks JDM My tank is a 15 gallon tank. Will be doing a 50 percent water change today and smaller water changes on a daily basis until I get the nitrite level down to 0. Yes, I am Prime so it does include eliminating ammonia. I just had another fish die on me so down to 6 =/. I wish I had done the filter swap the right way from the begining.. but oh well nothing I can do about it now except for this. How long do you think it will take to get the nitrite down to 0?
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post #12 of 23 Old 06-26-2013, 04:16 PM
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It could be a couple of days... but it could be longer. I had this happen due to adding too many fish at once and it lasted two to three days.

If you start testing for ammonia, keep in mind that it will appear after using Prime, though it is non-toxic at that point and that ammonia is still available to oxidize into nitrite... Prime doesn't actually remove the ammonia that it created while breaking down the chloramine.

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post #13 of 23 Old 06-26-2013, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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Gotcha. Just applied the 50 percent water change and will test again in a day or so to see how the nitrite and ammonia levels are.
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post #14 of 23 Old 06-27-2013, 08:50 AM Thread Starter
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Sad to say another fish died.. my paradise gourami. I am down to 5 fish now. The remaining live fish I have had between 3 months to 2 years and with my old tetra whisper filter before I made the switch. However, the fish that I did add after I made the filter switch to aquaclear, all of them died which i guess now that I read this is not surprising since I threw my tank into another cycle. As for the test kit, is this a good one to use vs the test strips? http://www.amazon.com/API-Freshwater-Master-Test-Kit/dp/B000255NCI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1372340660&sr=8-1&keywords=api+freshwater+master+test+kit
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post #15 of 23 Old 06-27-2013, 09:26 AM
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Yes, that is a very good test kit.

Sad to hear that you are still losing fish. Depending on a lot of things they could just be succumbing to damage already done and there is nothing that you can really do for that other than to keep treating and changing the water so it is as good as you can provide.

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Yes, that is a very good test kit.

Sad to hear that you are still losing fish. Depending on a lot of things they could just be succumbing to damage already done and there is nothing that you can really do for that other than to keep treating and changing the water so it is as good as you can provide.

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=(. Well at this point I hope the cycling completes ahead of schedule.. In the meantime will do what I can to save the fish I have. Wish me luck! Will keep updating as necessary..lol this is starting to turn into a blog haha.
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=(. Well at this point I hope the cycling completes ahead of schedule.. In the meantime will do what I can to save the fish I have. Wish me luck! Will keep updating as necessary..lol this is starting to turn into a blog haha.
Don't worry about that... with everything in one thread it's easier for you to get answers as anyone who has posted will get email updates.

Good luck.

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post #18 of 23 Old 06-27-2013, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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I had pet supermarket test out my water.. figure why not since I was there getting my reptiles food. Not surprisingly.. everything checked out ok.. Ammonia levels were at 0 along with nitrites.. The fact i did 50-60% water change probably is the reason why but will wait a few days and test the water out and see how it is then. I may have lucked out or at the tail end of the cycle. Hopefully this continues to hold Some encouraging news at least.
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post #19 of 23 Old 06-28-2013, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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It is Friday and tested the water out again because I am crazy like that lol.. 0 Nitrite and 0 Ammonia. The remaining 6 fish are doing just fine as far as behavior and what not: silver gar, white skirt tetra, zebra loach, bushelnose pleco, dojo loach, and pictus catfish. Odd mix yes but they actually get along quite well and have been for some time.
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post #20 of 23 Old 07-01-2013, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
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Tested the Water today for ammonia using the API liquid drop test as before and it is some where between 0 and 0.25 ppm.. Based on the color it is more on the yellow spectrum and if I had to estimate id say 0-10 ppm. This tells me a water change is needed today.. How much of the water should I change though after I did a 50% water change last Wed?
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