07-28-2009, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by lillshy1
Our tank has been set up since Feb 21
Maintenance - every 3 to 4 weeks I do a gravel cleaning and brush the walls of the tank. When I do the cleaning, I take about half of the water out and replace it with new water (from the tap) other than that I just top it off when it gets low. (the only time that I add salt to the new water is when I have removed water.
I use stress zyme and stress coat whenever I add new water.
The filter that we use is the one that came with the aquarium (we bought it at Petsmart)
The test strips do have a PH reading I will check it when I get home
We gave the last dose of lifegard last night and tonight I am supposed to do a 25% water change and put the carbon back in the filter
Maintainance should be done every week, and involves only a partial water change [pwc] (25-40%) during which you vacuum the gravel. No need to do more, except scrape algae from the tank glass if there is any. Doing a pwc once a month means a significant change in water quality and parameters which is very stressful for the fish at the very least. Weekly pwc allows more stable water quality. Also, "topping up" evaporated water is not a good practice, better to remove some of the water and replace it (pwc).
I'm not sure stress zyme and stress coat is a water conditioner. You should use a good conditioner to rid the tap water of chlorine, chloramine and ammonia. Prime is one.
Tetras do not like salt, it can cause internal problems. Salt is OK with mollies, but unnecessary. I wuld not add salt to a freshwater aquarium.
As Twistersmom said, a pwc can work miracles; i wold do them more often (every 3-4 days, about 1/3 the tank volume, with a good conditioner only) until things are normal, then weekly. With luck this will help the remaining fish to recover.