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anthonym5280 07-16-2012 09:59 PM

help my daughter dumped a large can of cichlid pellets in tank
I have a 55 gallon tank with 1 jack dempsey 6 inches 5 juvenile purple viejas my daughter dumped a large can of food it was in the tank maybe an hour scooped out all i could sucked out the rest it changed 20 gallons out right away 20 the next and the next and today twenty nitrates nitrites off the charts amonia starting to drop cleaned out filters got new pads dont know what else to do to lower nitrates and nitrites

Hanky 07-16-2012 11:38 PM

Did you vaccum out the gravel? just try to get as much out as possible and keep doing water changes. Iwould do like a 50% change then wait a couple hours and test levels. let us know what the levels are.

anthonym5280 07-16-2012 11:55 PM

Ive been changing twenty gallons a day the last three days i will try 50 percent nitrate is 560 ppm nitrites 5.ppm amonia 4.ppm i havent lost any fish they dont seem stressed they swim around as normal and look hungry im surprised they are even alive in that toxic environment before my levels were great everything right around zero and ive been vacuuming the gravel everyday

anthonym5280 07-17-2012 12:36 AM

Ive also used amonia detox

Romad 07-17-2012 04:25 AM

Yikes :shock:
Did you replace all of your filter media at the same time? If so, you've lost your beneficial bacteria so you're starting your cycle all over again. Do that large water change and double or triple dose the new tank water with Seachem Prime if you can get your hands on it today. It neutralizes ammonia & nitrite for 24-48 hours.

Good luck and lock up that fish food :)

Hanky 07-17-2012 10:46 AM

Yikes, those are high numbers, I suggest just keep doing water changes to get the levels down, Romad is right too if you changed all the filter media which is what it probbably needed then you through yourself into a mini cycle.

Bacon Is Good 07-17-2012 02:21 PM

What a shame. You changed to much water too soon

Varkolak 07-17-2012 03:48 PM

I wish you luck! By now if all the fish are fine then you've been doing good and they should make it so cross your toes

Geomancer 07-17-2012 04:40 PM


Originally Posted by Bacon Is Good (Post 1159297)
What a shame. You changed to much water too soon

Changing the water does nothing negative, there is no beneficial bacteria in the water (none worth counting anyways).

If it is an established tank (several months old at least) then half the bacteria will be everywhere else in the tank, mostly the substrate but also on every hard surface. It would have been best to keep the old media and just clean it in old tank water if it had a lot of debris in it. Pads can be reused forever until they disintegrate or loose their shape so water goes around instead of through them.

But loosing the filter media will set you into a mini cycle as mentioned, but thankfully not a full cycle (assuming established tank).

A gravel vacuum should get most of it. I think something is wrong with your nitrates reading though. I've never heard of a test that goes up to 560 ppm so I'm assuming your finger just hit an extra key and it is really 60 ppm which isn't at crisis levels.

If you have 5 ppm Nitrites, frankly I'd be surprised the fish are still alive. Do you mean 0.5 ppm? Or are you already using Prime?

Ammonia at 4 ppm is at death level too, the only counter would be if you have acidic water and it was ammonium instead of ammonia.

Keep doing 50% changes daily until it gets back under control, and use prime as described.

sidluckman 07-17-2012 05:16 PM

I agree with the last respondent and think it unlikely that the tests are wholly accurate. You seem to have acted quickly with good instincts for solving the problem. If your filter has a biowheel, the fear of having lost your biological is unfounded. Prime covers a multitude of aquatic sins. Until things settle down, that will act as a "tonic." Meanwhile, how do the fish LOOK? If they are stressed and gasping, that's one thing, but I hate when fish-keepers put undue stress on themselves over what could be an inaccurate test result. If the fish look calm, not "panting" or gasping and are displaying their typical level of activity and usual behavior, chill out and know you're doing your best. God knows we have all been there! Good luck.

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