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bigvince 04-30-2012 08:23 PM

my jack is acting weird
my female jack demp started acting weird rubbing her self right front fin was flapping rapidly the other side was normal i had just done a 25% wayer change yesterday its a 55 gal tank i also gravel vacced tank her colors are normal i did a test strip and the only thing is it said the niyrites where syress level any info

Tazman 04-30-2012 08:32 PM

First of all, I would highly recommend getting the API master Liquid test kit, strips are extremely unreliable.

If you have readings of Nitrites it sounds as if your tank is not cycled or experiencing a mini cycle...Nitrite is dangerous to fish and may explain the reason why the fish is rubbing.

It could also be the start of an ich outbreak, you would need to monitor the fish for any signs of ich (white salt like particles appearing all over the fishes body) and treat as appropriate.

bigvince 05-01-2012 07:39 AM

there are no spots i looked at her this mornin before i went to work and she looks fine and her color is showing eve more i will keep you updated and i just orderd the test kit from amazon after shipping cost i still save 5 bucks thanks

Tazman 05-01-2012 07:45 AM


There is something important you need to know when using the test for the instructions it will say shake the #2 bottle for 30 seconds before adding it to the tube...SHAKE the hell out of it for 2 minutes! will give you a more reliable result. You still shake the test tube for 1 minute after you have added the second bottle.

Ich can sometimes take a few days or more to show up as white spots, keep monitoring the fish until the test kit arrives and then we can get a better understanding as to what is happening in your tank if anything.

1077 05-01-2012 10:47 AM

If nitrites are anything but zero, I would feed less food and perform daily water changes if needed,especially if this tank is less than four or five weeks old.
Many are those who let a tank run for three or four week's (usually much lesss),and think the tank has cycled because there is no ammonia or nitrites. Won't,be any ammonia, or nitrites, until fishes ,fish food,fish waste is present.
Ammonia and nitrites then often times climb to toxic level's and fishes begin to suffer, hence the need for maybe daily water changes and reduced feeding's to help keep the toxin's at VERY low level's ZERO is ideal.

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