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SGDude 02-12-2011 12:03 PM

Adding fish to a new tank
 
I went for a 3 weeks with 6 fish and the levels looked good.

I added 4 fish a couple days ago and the ammonia is up to 0.25.

When do I need to do a water change? now or at 0.50.

Do I need to skip a day of feeding or just feed less food?

They all seem happy.

Thanks.

SweetPoison 02-12-2011 12:53 PM

I would do a water change. Your ammonia should be zero. Stay on that. What are the other params? Did you QT the new fish by any chance? Or just drop and plop?

leogtr 02-12-2011 01:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by SGDude (Post 588086)
I went for a 3 weeks with 6 fish and the levels looked good.

I added 4 fish a couple days ago and the ammonia is up to 0.25.

When do I need to do a water change? now or at 0.50.

Do I need to skip a day of feeding or just feed less food?

They all seem happy.

Thanks.

hi there!!! welcome to the forums!!!!

did you cycle your tank? how did you cycle? what do you use to measure the parameters? what kind of fish? how big is your aquarium? give us more information about it. you need to be doing 50% water changes when ever your ammonia and nitrites rise above 0. dont skip feeding the fish.

Im glad you joined our community your going to recieve the help you need there are alot of people here with years of experience that can answer any questions that you might have.

if you have any questions in mind anything at all just ask it could mean a big difference to the health and well-being of your little fishies!!!!!

take care!!! and again welcome to the tropical fish keeping forums!!!!!!:wave:

SGDude 02-12-2011 02:21 PM

Did 20% water. No feeding today.
Will watch ammonia and nitrite.

2 drop n plop from good store 2 from QT.

72gal with 2 x penguin 350

Safe start at start then
stresszyme after a week

Start
---------------
4 rainbow
1 gouramis
1 cory


At 3 weeks
---------------
ammonia 0
nitrite 0

4 angels
2 gouramis
1 rainbow
1 pleco
2 corys

I may move 1 angel and 1 rainbow
to the QT to lighten the load.

QT is 46gal with penguin 350 and UGF.
( Has been running for about 5 years. )

Thanks!!!

Byron 02-12-2011 03:08 PM

I wouldn't expect ammonia to rise solely from adding 4 fish to a cycled 72 gallon aquarium, assuming the fish are smallish and the tank really was cycled.

I personally would not use StressZyme. While its claims may sound good, messing with the biological system is always risky. While this product allegedly breaks down organics, ammonia is naturally created in doing so, and it is better to let the natural bacteria (not meaning those in nitrification cycle, but other bacteria) do the job. A basic water conditioner that simply detoxifies chlorine, chloramine, heavy metals [and ammonia if no live plants] is better.

Do you have any live plants? And have you tested your tap water alone for ammonia? And what is the tank water pH (this has an impact on th effect of ammonia)?

Byron.

SGDude 02-12-2011 07:22 PM

Thanks.

No live plants. ph was 7.2 or 7.8 every test.

Moved 1 angel and 1 rainbow to QT.

I do ok with the 2 established tanks but
I forget that a new tank needs less food.

I will test again in the morning.

SGDude 02-14-2011 01:41 PM

Still the same.


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