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New2Betas 08-21-2010 04:37 AM

Fish tank emergency please help
Something is going wrong with my new planted tank! I did use my old filter so have bacteria. BUT my PH as dropped to 6.2, plants are dieing, and have lost a fish, and water is very cloudy. My ALKALINITY HAS GONE FROM 180 TO 0! Just did 30% water change. HELP!

dorabaker 08-21-2010 07:23 AM

did you test the nitrate, nitrite and ammonia? that info would help...

New2Betas 08-21-2010 09:45 AM

Those 3 are normal.

kitten_penang 08-21-2010 11:23 AM

what about filter, lighting, fertilizer and soil? when you said new? a few days old or a week or longer??? cloudy water and amonia spikes in the first few weeks is normal. did you add to many fish in the new tank straight away??? if you did remove them or they will die of the ammonia if this is a week old overstocked tank.

New2Betas 08-21-2010 11:28 AM

I used all the old rocks and decor. The substrate is new and so are the plants. Driftwood is old. I kept the same amount of fish that I had. What I did was just change my tank from a regular one to a planted one, but kept the same filter etc. The tank has been set up this way since last Sunday. Ammonia is 0.

New2Betas 08-21-2010 11:29 AM

My shimp are now starting to die.

kitten_penang 08-21-2010 11:42 AM

the substrate is most likely the matter how well you clean it it will cloud the tank and with new water, it's like cycling a new tank. do small water changes daily in the cloudy tank, if you feel a need to clean the filter.clean it with the water from the tank not pipe might wanna move the fishes and shrimp to a holding tank while it clears up which will take a while.if you don't they'll probably die in there. and the lead weighs that are wrapped around the roots of the plant gotta be removed too. shrimp are very sensative to heavy metals.

New2Betas 08-21-2010 11:44 AM

Great :( The plants do not have any clips on them. Any idea why the plans look the way they do? They look bad!

Will the fish be fine in a few 5 gall on buckets for a while?

New2Betas 08-21-2010 11:45 AM

Also wanted to add, the tank was not cloudy until the day before yesterday. It was nice and clear until then.

redchigh 08-21-2010 11:49 AM

Normal isn't accurate enough. Do you know the exact number for Ammonia, nitrites? Do use strips? Strips are useless. You need a liquid test kit if you dont have it.

Do you use water conditioner to remove heavy metals?

How are you fish behaving? (At the surface, laying on the bottom, what?)

Actually I may have it figured out. Looking at that plant... What kind is it?
If you bought it at a pet store, it may not be an aquatic plant... so plant rots, produces ammonia.

I would remove the dying plants to a bucket, and still do your water changes.

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