03-16-2008, 08:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Lyda
First if all, the tank has been in operation for two months now. We have been doing 35-50% water changes on a roughly weekly basis. A 50% water change was just completed yesterday, with water conditioner/dechlorinator added as well as a small amount of aquarium salt. We have test strips for nitrites/nitrates, hardness, etc. and have also been testing the ammonia levels. According to our tests, all is normal.
The tank is equipped with a heater, standard blue carbon filter and a bio-wheel. The temperature has been steady at 79 degrees.
If I were you id be careful w/ the 50% water changes. When a large amount of the water os replaced, it can drastically change the proerties of the water. This really stresses the fish out and it can get sick or act strangely. I used to do large water changes weekly or biweekly like you, but I noticed when i did so, all of my fish acted strangely and evey once in a while one would die for no reason. I switched to changing 20% of the water twice a week and the results were a mazing. Since then my deaths have been miimized and my fish look healthier.