Need to figure out the best way to treat my fish.
6 serpae tetra (1 x 1.5" 5 x < 1")
6 weeks in to fish in cycle, largest fish has been in since day 3. other 5 have been in for less than a week.
Not sure if i technically finished cycle. Live plants use ammonia so ammonia is at zero but nitrites have not been at zero. Live plants have been introduced slowly over the last 2-3 weeks. Java Fern, Anacharis, and Crypt Parva. Also one decorative lava rock.
Ammonia - 0 - api
Nitrite - - api and tetra easystrip
nitrate - 0-20 - api and tetra easystrip
Gh - 75 - 150 - Tetra EasyStrip
Chlorine - 0 - Tetra EasyStrip
KH - 120-180 - Tetra EasyStrip
pH - 7.2 - 7.8 api and tetra easystrip
temp - 73* - 75*
Been doing 20-50% water changes depending on the readings. been water changing every 3-4 days. Again depending on readings and how much food they let get to the bottom. They don't have any interest in food thats on the substrate.
With high nitrites, new fish, huge water changes, and new surroundings i think that stress is the most likely culprit of this situation.
Now i just need to figure the best method for treatment. Temp and salt seems to be the preferred method. Would i need to go get a different heater and just use that one instead? Even if all fish dont show signs of Ich yet would i be better off treating them all in the tank rather than quarantine?
p.s. I am aware of being a little over stocked. I have a plan in motion to re-home one of them for now. He is too aggressive for my tank but i need to solve this problem first. I am not going to give a fish with ich to someone else and let them worry about it, to me thats just not right.