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NewAquariumGuy 01-26-2010 10:29 PM

New Tank and maybe sick Mystery Snail
I have a 5 gallon Tank that I've had for a month. The Nitrate is borderline and Nitrite levels are high. I am wondering if this is from the beginning of the nitrogen cycle to create the bacteria. I am very new to this. The aquarium has 3 danios and a mystery snail. The danios seem to be ok, but I am starting to worry about the snail. Does any one know what the signs are for nitrate/nitrite poisoning in a mystery snail? Please Help. I have been doing 15%-20% water changes weekly. Should I do more water changes or wait a few weeks to see if it decreases, but especially want to know the signs of a sick snail. Thanks

La Reina 01-26-2010 11:04 PM

In my small 5 gallon aquarium which is cycling now, I'm doing a 2 gallon water change daily to keep the ammonia and nitrite levels down. Snails are very sensitive to nitrites, and I would reccomend doing "big" water changes like me with dechlorinated water daily. This would benifit both your snail and your fish.

A sick snail would be inactive and wouldn't be eating.

You can decrease the water changes to weekly when your ammonia and nitrite levels are 0.

iamntbatman 01-26-2010 11:16 PM

Agreed. If your tank is still cycling, you need to be doing at least daily water changes to keep the ammonia and nitrite below about 0.25 ppm until they totally disappear. Even though your danios appear healthy, being in an environment full of toxic ammonia and/or nitrite isn't good for their long term health. Plus, you're seeing immediate detrimental effects with your snail.

LisaC144 01-27-2010 11:36 AM

If you're interested in live plants, those will help with your cycling too. You'd only need a few for your 5g. But, like others said, daily water changes will largely benefit the health of your fish and snails while your tank cycles.

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