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post #11 of 22 Old 03-06-2014, 12:32 PM
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Be careful Will, cloudy water is often a sign of biological imballance in the tank. I would encourage you to invest in a good test kit if you can. Or if not , take your water in to LFS to be tested.
Only clean your filter if the waterflow is restricted. That gunk on your filter piece is what we call biological filtration! Belive it or not, that gunk helps keep to water healthy, not clear, but healthy. Its good that you have gunk in your filter, tells me that your tank/filter is mature.

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post #12 of 22 Old 03-06-2014, 01:00 PM
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Be careful Will, cloudy water is often a sign of biological imballance in the tank. I would encourage you to invest in a good test kit if you can. Or if not , take your water in to LFS to be tested.
Only clean your filter if the waterflow is restricted. That gunk on your filter piece is what we call biological filtration! Belive it or not, that gunk helps keep to water healthy, not clear, but healthy. Its good that you have gunk in your filter, tells me that your tank/filter is mature.
I wouldn't hold very true to the gunk statement. I just cleaned out a tank that has been running empty with fish waste and excess food and the parameters were off the charts yet my filter was full of gunk.
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Well, the water wasn't cloudy, it was just yellowish. When I cleaned the bio thing the filter seemed to pull waste more effectively. Before, when it was dirty, there were multiple times when I had to stir up waste and remove it with a net. I'm going to wait a few days to see if the filter really is better, or if it was just because I had just cleaned the tank. I think I am going to get a different filter soon, anyways.

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post #14 of 22 Old 03-06-2014, 01:43 PM
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Although platys like a bit higher ph I think you found the culprit in your filter. A twenty % weekly water change will get you right.I was concerned when you mentioned such a high percentage of the fry had curved spines.This has nothing to do with your care of them but indicates possible genetic flaws in your fish. This is becoming more and more common as these fish are mass produced. Good Luck
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Although platys like a bit higher ph I think you found the culprit in your filter. A twenty % weekly water change will get you right.I was concerned when you mentioned such a high percentage of the fry had curved spines.This has nothing to do with your care of them but indicates possible genetic flaws in your fish. This is becoming more and more common as these fish are mass produced. Good Luck
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post #16 of 22 Old 03-06-2014, 02:06 PM
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Highly doubtful you could have done anything to save them.In all honesty they probably shouldn't be saved as the genetic weaknesses just get passed on that way.If you have a thing for livebearers ( I do) look at the American livebearer Assoc. website.Chances are you can get some good quality stock for little more then the cost of shipping.While you are at it check out the platyies for sale at Goliadfarms.com,gorgeous fish with a great rep .for health.
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post #17 of 22 Old 03-06-2014, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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What are your readings for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate?
Sorry I took so long.
PH went to a more comfortable 7.2
Ammonia is at 1.0. (how to fix?)

I went to the pet store to test for the others because all I have are the ammonia and PH API liquid test kits. The guy pours my water into the little vials and throws out the rest of the water in the container. The guy then rests two of the vials on the little countertop they have in the fish section. We wait for it to develop. Some people ask another guy to help them with saltwater fish. This new guy proceeds to rest on the same counter the vials are on. Let's just say those tests were inconclusive.

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post #19 of 22 Old 03-07-2014, 07:42 AM
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Either you aren't keeping up with water changes or your tank isn't cycled. You should never have ammonia present unless you are cycling. How often do you change your water? How did you cycle this tank?
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Either you aren't keeping up with water changes or your tank isn't cycled. You should never have ammonia present unless you are cycling. How often do you change your water? How did you cycle this tank?
My mom bought a bottle of test strips.

40-80 ppm nitrate
Nitrite safe
Hard
Low to moderate alkalinity
Neutral ph

I haven't changed the water as often as I should have, I guess. The filter still isn't helping. I cycled a fish less cycle while running the tank for a few days until the readings were good.

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