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Second Ick attack within a few weeks
Old 07-23-2011, 10:34 AM   #21
 
water changes in planted tank

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Old 07-24-2011, 03:52 AM   #22
 
After smelling that horrible Melafix for 3 days, I wanted to get it out of the water. I did a 75% water change in my tank.

Previous to the change, the water parameters were:

PH 8.0
Ammonia 2.0
Nitrite 5.0
Nitrate 20

After the water change, the water parameters are:

PH 7.6
Ammonia 0.5
Nitrite 0.5
Nitrate 5

I used Amquel Plus on the new water and I also used AmmoniaSafe to neutralize any remaining Ammonia.

The fish look about the same as before with some body sores and fin rot, so I don't know if the Melafix helped at all. I do not see any new Ich spots.

The water temperature is 84 degrees.

This also diluted the salt content from 2 and 1/ 2 teaspoons of salt per gallon to 3/4 teaspoon of salt per gallon. It also diluted out the Tetra Lifeguard and the Melafix.

Lastly I added the activated carbon back to the filter after not having any in the water for about 2 weeks.

I hope the Ich does not come back again.
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Old 07-25-2011, 04:23 PM   #23
 
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After smelling that horrible Melafix for 3 days, I wanted to get it out of the water. I did a 75% water change in my tank.

Previous to the change, the water parameters were:

PH 8.0
Ammonia 2.0
Nitrite 5.0
Nitrate 20

After the water change, the water parameters are:

PH 7.6
Ammonia 0.5
Nitrite 0.5
Nitrate 5

I used Amquel Plus on the new water and I also used AmmoniaSafe to neutralize any remaining Ammonia.

The fish look about the same as before with some body sores and fin rot, so I don't know if the Melafix helped at all. I do not see any new Ich spots.

The water temperature is 84 degrees.

This also diluted the salt content from 2 and 1/ 2 teaspoons of salt per gallon to 3/4 teaspoon of salt per gallon. It also diluted out the Tetra Lifeguard and the Melafix.

Lastly I added the activated carbon back to the filter after not having any in the water for about 2 weeks.

I hope the Ich does not come back again.
You looking at about a 6 week hold your breath wait. Thats about the life cycle. About the same time your tank will finish its cycle. Keep the stress level down and you should be ok. By adding carbon to your system, it will start to take out the medications you have put in.
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Old 07-30-2011, 12:55 PM   #24
 
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After smelling that horrible Melafix for 3 days, I wanted to get it out of the water. I did a 75% water change in my tank.

Previous to the change, the water parameters were:

PH 8.0
Ammonia 2.0
Nitrite 5.0
Nitrate 20

After the water change, the water parameters are:

PH 7.6
Ammonia 0.5
Nitrite 0.5
Nitrate 5

I used Amquel Plus on the new water and I also used AmmoniaSafe to neutralize any remaining Ammonia.

The fish look about the same as before with some body sores and fin rot, so I don't know if the Melafix helped at all. I do not see any new Ich spots.

The water temperature is 84 degrees.

This also diluted the salt content from 2 and 1/ 2 teaspoons of salt per gallon to 3/4 teaspoon of salt per gallon. It also diluted out the Tetra Lifeguard and the Melafix.

Lastly I added the activated carbon back to the filter after not having any in the water for about 2 weeks.

I hope the Ich does not come back again.

It is now July 30, 2011 which is 6 days later than my last post on July 24, 2011.

The water parameters are creeping back up:

PH 8.0
Ammonia 1.0
Nitrite 2.0
Nitrate 5

Mainly the Ammonia from 0.5 after the water change to 1.0 now a week later and the Nitrite from 0.5 to 2.0.

I would like to know if I should do weekly 25% water changes until my tank cycles or if I should just leave the water alone.

The fish seem to be better and they are eating. I have fed them live brine shrimp a couple of times.
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Old 07-30-2011, 03:31 PM   #25
 
Water smells very fishy

I just did a 20% water change. I am glad I did because I had to prune out a bunch of brown and yellowing leaves on my Amazon swordplants. Also the water smelled very fishy. I have seen a lot of people and sites recommending weekly partial water changes. They also say that doing these partial water changes is helpful in promoting nitrifying bacteria and of course the ammonia and nitrate concentration needs to be reduced in my tank until the nitrogen cycle completes. Hopefully it will help the plants also. As a precaution I put Amquel plus in the water and a product called Aquatic stress relief.
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Old 08-04-2011, 03:29 PM   #26
 
On August 1, 2011 I added an API Nitra-Zorb pouch.

I retested my water on August 3, 2011 with no beneficial change and the parameters are back up to:

pH 8
Ammonia 1
Nitrite 5
Nitrate 5
Phosphate 10
GH 107.4
KH 53.7


I did another partial water change on August 3, 2011 which is just 4 days since my last one. I also put in 7 stems of bacopa and a Marimo moss ball. They said this moss ball is very good for competing with any algae that would start growing in the tank since I have such a large amount of phosphates. I replaced the media in one filter with Bio-chem zorb carbon because of the smell and now the water is crystal clear.

I have lowered the water temperature to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and for the first time I have noticed 6 of the 13 Cardinal Tetras have left the very back of the squarium and are swimming (separately) around the middle more toward the front. Of course they are very cautious and run away when I approach. I would never have imagined that they would ever do this. They are very hard to observe until they come to the front for feeding.

Since I finally tested the phosphate level and I noticed it is the very highest level at 10 I definitely need to take action. Desirable phosphates are 0.05 ppm according tothe article Phosphates in the Aquarium at Phosphates in the Aquarium and this article recommends cleaning and water changes as a remedy.

I am unable to vacuum my gravel because I have so many delicate plants and I do not want to uproot them and disturb the roots.

Any suggestions would be appreciated to increase healthy fish and water parameters.
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Old 08-04-2011, 06:12 PM   #27
 
Previous Water Parameters before 25% water change:

pH 8
Ammonia 1
Nitrite 5
Nitrate 5
Phosphate 10
GH 107.4
KH 53.7


After the water change I checked my Water Parameters again the next day and here is what they were

pH 7.4
Ammonia 0.25
Nitrite 1.0
Nitrate 2
Phosphate 5
GH 89.5
KH 53.7

I will be checing my Water Parameters as often as possible - hopefully every day.
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