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Old 03-16-2009, 10:31 PM   #21
 
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you can get those at the pet store then?
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Old 03-17-2009, 07:13 AM   #22
 
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Our petsmart here in ohio do not have them, but I have seen them at other pet stores.
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:07 PM   #23
 
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Hey, so, I did a 10-15% water change today, and than I tested the water an hour later. The nitrites and ammonia are perfect, but the nitrates are just pushing into 40ppm and maybe a little more. What should I do for this?
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Old 03-19-2009, 04:44 PM   #24
 
hi, i too love watching my fish eat, it's obvious weve pleased them. We have to remember that overfeeding can cause fish health problems and produces alot of extra waste for us to clean which lowers water quality. 2 small feedins per day is plenty some will say one.If you have the need to feed you can do like me i give a couple granules then later i give some plankton/shrimp sticks then a cone of bloodworms or shrimp and then a veggie algea wafer but always small feeding spread out thru the day & eve.Gotta have fun, right.

I don't know what part of this i read, oh well i hope it does'nt look too wierd here.

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Old 03-19-2009, 06:04 PM   #25
 
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If you dont have nitrates in your tap water, like me, you can lower your nitrates with some water changes.
Dont be afraid to do 25% water changes every week if it keeps your nitrates under 40ppm.
Like catfishtaddi said, over feeding can also lead to high nitrates as well.
Did you find some sailfin mollies?
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:35 AM   #26
 
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No, I was afraid to get some yesterday because of the nitrate level. But, I am thinking of getting some today.

I think it is over feeding. Thank you! :) By the way, what are some serious signs your fish are getting sick?
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Old 03-20-2009, 01:58 PM   #27
 
Sick fish or fish suffering from high no2, no3, no4 may appear to be gasping for air, swimming on the surface, wobbly, rapid gill movements, darting. Really any change or differences in thier normal behavior. Deviations from usual behavior are elemental to diagnosing. As are your tests.
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Old 03-21-2009, 10:08 AM   #28
 
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So, if I have stopped feeding them less and it still is not decreasing, what should I do?

Also, I put in a little water today to top it off as it was getting below the line, and when I did, all this fish waste and particles flew everywhere? Should I replace my filter cartridge, is it picking everything up like it should, or is the filter cartridge supposed to do that? How do I clean up the excess fish waste?
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Old 03-21-2009, 11:40 AM   #29
 
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Do you have a gravel cleaner?
You need to do a water change and siphon the gravel.
Once nitrates are in the tank, the best way to lower the levels is through water changes. There is no bacteria in the tank to remove the nitrates, so you need to do that your self.
If the filter media is looking nasty even after trying to clean it in old tank water, go ahead and replace it. If your filter holds media in two places, it would be best to change out only one at a time.
Also filter maintenance may be needed. Make sure nothing is clogging your intake tubes, you may need to clean the propeller. These are best cleaned in old tank water as well. I check and clean my filter parts about once a month.
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