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post #11 of 24 Old 11-30-2011, 01:48 AM
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post #12 of 24 Old 11-30-2011, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Changing water and cleaning the filter at the same time is not going to lose you a bunch of beneficial bacteria. Water changes have no effect on the bio filter. Cleaning the filter does not result in a major loss of bacteria either. Unless you are overcleaning it, those bacteria do not come off easy. However as mentioned changing the filter pad (assuming its the only pad in the filter) is a very bad move as this pretty much sends the tank into a minicycle.

I would not suspect the heater. You temp was way too low at 68* . Fish are quiet tolerable of temperature changes. Every time I change water I cause a temp fluctuation of a couple degrees in less then an hour.
I never touch the "bio" pad. I only clean or replace the charcoal filter. That being said, what should I do? Totally clean out the tank, recycle it for a week or so before getting more fish? I really am scared to get anymore fish at this point until I figure out what I did wrong.
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post #13 of 24 Old 11-30-2011, 09:53 AM
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I'm very sorry about your loss, but the people here will try to help. Was there anything unusual looking/acting about the fish? When was your last water change? What water conditioner do you use? When the pet store people said "great", do you know the actual numbers? Is your new heater labeled as fully submersible? Your tank had soft/acidic fish and hard/basic fish, which isn't a good idea, but that seems to be a problem aside from what caused the deaths. Your tank was also overstocked in both space and filtration, not even counting the juveniles.So that's a problem. If we figure this out and you start up your tank again, you should get an API Master Kit so you can keep an eye on the exact values. I'm sorry to hear about your fish!

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post #14 of 24 Old 11-30-2011, 10:20 AM
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I got my API kit at petsmart it was on the shelf under all the worthless strip test. I am sorry wbout your fish like Mina asked had they been acting any differently?

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I got my API kit at petsmart it was on the shelf under all the worthless strip test. I am sorry wbout your fish like Mina asked had they been acting any differently?
No, they hadn't been acting weird or different. They swam around normally that evening, not so good the next morning. I will go back to petsmart to look.. Thanks for the heads up.
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I'm very sorry about your loss, but the people here will try to help. Was there anything unusual looking/acting about the fish? When was your last water change? What water conditioner do you use? When the pet store people said "great", do you know the actual numbers? Is your new heater labeled as fully submersible? Your tank had soft/acidic fish and hard/basic fish, which isn't a good idea, but that seems to be a problem aside from what caused the deaths. Your tank was also overstocked in both space and filtration, not even counting the juveniles.So that's a problem. If we figure this out and you start up your tank again, you should get an API Master Kit so you can keep an eye on the exact values. I'm sorry to hear about your fish!
Thanks Mina, Last water change was Sunday morning. That's what made me go get a thermometer in the first place. My hands felt cold, so I thought I would check the temp. I don't use any water conditioner. I just use filtered water.
No, I don't know the actual numbers. Sorry. I know that would help. I am aware the tank was getting too full, I was getting a 55 gallon for christmas. Hopefully that isn't the ultimate cause of this.
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post #17 of 24 Old 11-30-2011, 11:49 PM
exactly what kind of filtered water?

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exactly what kind of filtered water?
I have a reverse osmosis system for the house. I also have a charcoal filter on the tap.
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post #19 of 24 Old 12-07-2011, 12:50 PM
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About the water change percent, It, in my opinion, really depends on your fish. Some fish can take the stress and some cant. For example my swordtail had been in my tank for about 7 days and I did complete water changes with my mollies and they did not mind much me changing all the water. But in the case of the swordtail, she had never been in a water change that big. She ended up geting Ich but the mollies where fine. So I seperated her and treated her and then she got better I added her back to the tank. To keep her from getting stressed I did gradual water changes like first I did a 20 percent water change then a 25 then a 30 then a 50 then a 70 and then finaly a 100 percent in a piriod of a month. She got use to it and now she does not even mind it.

I only do 100 percent changes when I want to clean the gravel. I dont siphon the 10 gallon because it is to small of a tank to siphon.

So yeah in my opinion it depends on your fish and how use to it he/she is to water change. Everyone has there own opinion but that is mine and I am happy with the results.
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I have a reverse osmosis system for the house. I also have a charcoal filter on the tap.
reverse osmosis is called active transport

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