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post #11 of 13 Old 01-24-2008, 11:54 AM
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your problem seems already to have been identified, just wanted to point something out.

You mentioned that your nitrates were too high and that you added a product to remove them. The best and only really effective way of keeping your nitrates under control is keeping up the water changes, and doing extra water changes when they do get a bit high. Overfeeding will often lead to a build up of toxins in the tank also. Feed only what the fish can consume in 2-3 minutes nce a day - this is plenty for them. :)
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post #12 of 13 Old 01-24-2008, 12:25 PM
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Ok, higher temps combined with high nitrates, most likely the cause of the problems.

The nitrates burn the gills, the higher temp lowered oxygen saturation and the fish wanted to find a source of oxygen so it went to the outflow to play in the bubbles.

As for dechlorinating before adding the water. Not many I know actually do this. When using a python it is almost impossible anyway so almost everyone I know treats after the water change. I do both depending on the time of year and if my water seems to smell a little more than normal or looks blue at all.
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post #13 of 13 Old 01-24-2008, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks guys...I got my tested yet again today and everything was great. I did buy a bottle of treatment for tank waste. As for my cichlid hanging at the filter....I think he likes the tv lol A little lower than the tank I have a 13" tv and when it's off he doen't go over there.
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