10-02-2011, 01:55 PM
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Originally Posted by terric315
I am using a liquid freshwater master kit. I read that they were more reliable. The bacterial supplement is TopFin basic PetSmart variety. It is a honey gourami. One of the fish isn't looking good. I think the end is near.
My thinking is that the bacterial supplement helped establish the nitrifying bacteria, but spikes in ammonia and nitrite still occur, there is no way to avoid this--except live plants. And while the spikes may have been less, they still affected the fish (the hanging at the surface constantly). Internal damage can occur even though fish appear to live through cycling. Nothing can be done now on that. Don't replace or add more fish for the present, let this sort itself out.
Honey Gourami are fine in a 10g. I was afraid you might have one of the larger species, which is trouble. And the API master kit is reliable, good choice.