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fighttest 08-30-2009 07:18 PM

strange acting blood parrot cichlid
hey my girlfriend has a 25 gallon tank with 2 blood parrots in it i've been talking to her dad and he said everything is zeroes except nitrite which is 3 and ph is 7.5. they have a 20g hang on filter and not sure of the heater but he said it was good enough. there are a few fake rock work things in the tank and 1 or 2 fake plants. they say the fish have been acting strangely i.e hanging out in the corners, breathing hard, not eating, spasming/seizuring and they are looking quite pale. they have had them 2 months or so and they have been acting like that for the past week or two. they have tried changed the water several times and adding a product to lower the nitrites but nothing worked. any help would be greatly appreciated.

sorry about posting this two times its just they are getting really desperate.

Twistersmom 08-30-2009 07:55 PM

The tank is still cycling.
What test kit are they using?
I would do another water change, if nitrites are 3 ppm, that is enough to kill the fish. I would do water changes twice a day if needed to keep nitrites under .25 ppm.

zyglet1 08-30-2009 08:33 PM

I would also take all the decorations out of the tank and make sure that the gravel is clean... hollow ornaments can build up fish poop and fish food and become toxic dumps... change the water maybe even about 70 percent. Twistersmom is correct the nitrite will kill the fish.

Twistersmom 08-30-2009 08:51 PM

Fighttest, do you have any filter media, plants, or gravel from a cycled tank, that you can take over to help seed the cycle?

fighttest 08-31-2009 09:17 PM

i sure do ill tell them that the parrots have been digging in the substrait too there is a big division in the middle of the tank where its glass bottom is that normal?

fighttest 08-31-2009 09:18 PM

im pretty sure that the tank had been cycled though but ill ask her

Twistersmom 08-31-2009 09:28 PM

Make sure they did not over clean the filter or recently change out filter media. If you can find out what filter they are using, might help to figure out what happened.

I know some cichlids do dig, I do not know if the Blood parrots are one of them.

fighttest 08-31-2009 09:51 PM

her dad said he accidentaly cleaned the foam pad in sink water once but iv done that too and it was ok

fighttest 08-31-2009 09:52 PM

he cant figure out why the nitrites wont go down

Twistersmom 08-31-2009 09:58 PM

That could be the problem. The foam pad is where the bacteria grows and should never be washed in chlorinated water.
If you take a sponge over from your tank or put some of your gravel in his filter, it should help.

Do test the tap water as well, just to be safe.

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