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MXS 07-29-2009 10:01 AM

Uh oh, danger in my 30 gallon
Hey everyone, I just used one of the 6-way test strips for my freshwater 30 gallon. The tank has been set up for over a year.

It contains:
1 Plecoi
1 Chinese Algae Eater
2 Neon Tetras
1 Zebra Danio
4 Black Tetras
2 Orange-Finned Tetras
some small common pond snails

The readings I got when I compared it to the colors given to me were
Nitrate - Danger (Not really "danger" but it's high)
Nitrite - Danger
Hardness - Very hard (300)
Chlorine - 0
Alkalinity - Ideal (120)
pH - Acidic

I recently had a lot of fish die, maybe 2 weeks ago, I have 3 live plants in the aquarium.
Did the dead fish cause the problems?
How can I solve all of these problems with my water?

DragonFish 07-29-2009 10:48 AM

Strips can be very inaccurate and are likely not giving you proper readings.....before you totally panic, go and have your water tested, making sure its tested with a liquid test kit and ask for specific numbers, or snag yourself a liquid test kit like the API brand(which I highly advise no matter what). And just to be safe, do a PWC....20% maybe. A PWC can never hurt.

aunt kymmie 07-29-2009 10:51 AM

+1. Get a liquid result reading and let's go from there.

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