So before adding my pleco I had finally got my tank cycled and we were good! At that point there was 4 fish in the tank (3 platy, 1 molly). I removed a platy due to health. A few days later got my pleco. All was good still.hat I don't understamd is how a 1.45" sweet little thing could play so much havic on the tank!
I just did my tests (API master)
3 days ago it was fine!
PH - 7.2
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 5
Anyways I did a 60% water change then came on to post.
PH - 7.2
Ammonia - 0.5
Nitrite - 5.0
Nitrate - 40
Is this normal ?!
All I was feeding was frozen brine shrimp at night and an occasional algea wafer.
Picked up some sinking pellets today for it.
More info would help us. What is the tank size? And have you tested your tap water for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate? This is worth doing once, as any can be present. What conditioner are you using? And last, what is your test kit?
15 gallon tank
Yes. Can't remember the numbers now but apparently they were normal? I have and only had an issue since adding the pleco
I use Prime
API Master Kit
I should have also asked if there are live plants. If not, it is good to have some, even if just floating. Plants will easily handle any increase in ammonia like this, and nitrite is not an issue since it is not produced when plants assimilate ammonia.
Aside from that, I would not expect one fish to cause these increases. But I have to question the nitrite; at 5 no fish would be alive. Assuming the fish are all still alive and behaving normally, I frankly wouldn't worry. There must have been something askew with the test.
A note on the API nitrate test, you need to shake Regent #2 for 2 minutes or more; the instructions say 30 seconds, but this often results in a false 9and higher) reading for nitrate.
I don't know which species of pleco you have, but the common pleco gets very large, 1-2 feet, and this is obviously going to be a problem in a 15g. They also produce a lot of waste. The Bristlenose Pleco is 4-5 inches max. You can read more in our profiles, click on the shaded names.
I did but they were wilted and dying.
Just bought 4 bunches of plants today and replanted
There is only 4 fish in the tank
(2 platy, 1 molly and 1 pleco)
When testiung today I shook for 1 minute instead of 30 seconds and taped on the counter with it.
Arm was falling off. LOL
I have a hypancistrus contraden
max size is 4-5". It is 1.45" right now
PH - 6.5
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 1
Nitrate - 40
On the plants, what light do you have? This is the most crucial aspect of plants.
That Hypancistrus is quickly going to outgrow your 15g. I have one of the Hypancistrus species, Hypancistrus furunculus, which also maxes out at 5 inches as many in this genus do, and he is in a 4-foot tank. If a much larger tank is not in the near future, I would return it. Believe me, a 4-5 inch pleco creates a lot of disturbance and needs space.
I have the stock light that came with it. I "THINK" it was 2 x 25watt bulbs. It was the max that could go in it. Pleco is housed in this tank for the year. Once we move we are buying a 175 gallon fish tank. But we will be moving at the end of the year. I really don't want to move that big of tank.
I'll try the 2min shake
Ok will get those!
The fish get mad and hide if the light stays on too long.
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