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Old 02-28-2012, 07:49 AM   #11
artemiss is the medicine. i just removed the carbon from the cartridge.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:21 AM   #12
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Without the numbers for your parameters, it is nearly impossible to say what the root cause of this might be.

The numbers would give us the general picture of what is going on with your tank.

New fish additions will only compound the problem until the root cause is identified and sorted out.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:29 AM   #13
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As I mentioned earlier, because your tank is young.

I suspect that it is still undergoing part of the cycle, the addition of live plants depending on when you added them will help a lot.

Disease is a general indication that your water parameters might be off, fish stores want your money and might say your water is good, well good to them, is not always good to the fish.

Continue the treatment now the carbon is out the filter. It will help a lot as well not too feed too much during the treatment as excess waste will cause potential issues with your tank.
You MUST however, with nothing taking particulate waste from your water, perform water changes and vacuum to prevent decaying food / waste from making matters worse.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:40 AM   #14
i really appreciate the help. as far as feeding goes, i am not sure if i am feeding the right amount. i have some neons that stay towards the bottom. i always try to make sure i put just enough so some makes it near the bottom so they can have some. the mollies and angel fish are hogs at the surface.

i am not sure about the numbers for the water except ph was 8 or higher. seems about right now.
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Old 02-28-2012, 08:55 AM   #15
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Feed as much as the fish will consume totally in about 30 seconds for small fish. If any food is left uneaten, the bottom feeders will pick it up.

If you notice any uneaten food on the bottom, then when you vacuum, remove it.

Continue the treatment for the duration it says on the bottle and see if you notice any improvement.

I cannot stress enough though, the need to do water changes and vacuuming with no particulate filter in your filter.

If you can perhaps get the numbers asked for, that would also be beneficial. You might also consider purchasing a test kit API Freshwater Master being a widely available and good one.
The test kit will be invaluable to you, as it will allow you to see exactly what is going on in your tank.

If we can offer anymore help, then please do not hesitate to post your concerns on the forums.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:01 PM   #16
had water tested at store today and ph was 7.2 and ammonia was between .5-1
does this sound right? he said everything else was perfect.
i noticed my biowheel looks really clean. tank is almost a month old now. could the medicine be killing bacteria on it?

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Old 03-02-2012, 08:37 PM   #17
any thoughts on my last post?
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Old 03-02-2012, 09:08 PM   #18
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Need the numbers for Nitrite and Nitrate as well. Cannot tell where you are in the cycle without them.

It is highly unlikely that medication would be killing your bacteria unless you massively overdosed it.

My biowheels took a while to color as well but the cycle was complete (I have a Penguin 350B and 2 x 400's) on my tanks.
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