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CherylGass 10-25-2007 12:43 AM

Hello All Please Help Me!
I am hoping someone can tell me what is going on. I unfortunatly bought a new 33 gallon tank almost 6 weeks ago and the next day bought some fish. (1 Heros Notatus(South American Cichlid), A Raphael Catfish, 6 Neon Tetras, 3 Glass Catfish and a goby Dragon) If I knew then what I know now then I would have waited for the addition of the fish. I used cycle, did 30% water changes every couple of days, sometimes every day if the ammonia levels or later the nitrite levels got too high. My ammonia levels dropped to 0ppm about 2 1/2 weeks ago and the nitrites began to spike. I started to decrease the frequency of the water changes at the advice of my local pet store to reduce the stress on the fish. Well yesterday the nitrite levels started to drop and today I have a reading of 0ppm. I was thrilled 5 weeks 3 days and I was cycled. Just for fun I tested the ammonia and it is up from 0ppm to 0.25 ppm. Am I starting over again? I have not added any fish. I did use mardel to treat for fungus but this was complete over a week ago and have been assured that this would not hurt my cycle. Please HELP me understand I can't find any other incidents of this happening.

Lupin 10-25-2007 01:10 AM

Welcome to, Cheryl.:wave: Hope you enjoy your stay.:)

Please don't hesitate to ask questions if you do. I've answered your thread in FW forum sections.:)

herefishy 10-26-2007 07:56 PM

Cheryl, first of all welcome to the forum. I hope you find this to be a second home. Lupin lives here and sleeps in his second home. lol

I have been in this hobby for a very long time and am experiencing a similar situation. The only difference being this tank is 4 years old. It really has me baffled. I have been using additives that are said to de-toxify ammonia. Even with this, I will get a high ammonia reading. Are using any additives that would do the same? The meds you added may have depleted the bacteria bed marginally also, as some do. You also did not mention the type of filtration you have on the tank. This would also contribute toe the problem if you do not have enough. I think that the best course of action would be to continue with the water changes, maybe adding something like StressCoat to the water when you do. This product is said to induce slime production and reduce stress on the fish.

CherylGass 10-26-2007 08:52 PM

Thanks For THe Reply
I have a 40-60 gallon power filter and a undergravel biological filter running on the tank. I think I should have adequate filtration... I have been carefu; only to surface vacuum the gravel and am continuing to watch my ammonia climb. Thanks for your advice and support ... :o

CherylGass 10-26-2007 08:55 PM

I am also using cycle again and have been using Seachem Prime to treat the water. As far as I can tell this is supposed to help reduce the stress on the fish as well/ My fish don't seem to be upset by the ammonia all except for the goby dragon who is known for being very sensitive to ammonia. Hopefully he'll make it. :?[/list]

herefishy 10-26-2007 09:05 PM

Are you power the ugf with air or powerheads? If air, increase the air flow.

CherylGass 10-26-2007 09:13 PM

I have maxed out the airflow and have added aireation with a long airstone at the back of the tank ..... Would powerheads enhance the effectiveness of the ugf?

herefishy 10-26-2007 10:23 PM

Yes, most definitely. Powerheads produce a more powerful, even flow of water. I use powerheads almost exclusively when using ugf's. It does depend upon tank size.

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