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post #1 of 10 Old 09-22-2009, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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I had been out of town for 4 months and had someone caring for may tanks while I was gone. They were supopost to do water changes on my 125 cichlid tank. When I got back I noticed my fish acting strange. I did some testing and that revealed that my nitrates were 160+. Apparently, no water changes had taken place at all. So I did a major water change to help rectify the problem. Since then I have been hit with many problems, which I think is due to the lack of water changes causing bad water quality.

I have 3 fish in hospitals currently. One is being treated for red sores, another for parasites and fungus (I believe parasites because of his rapid weight loss), and just put another in today for suspected dropsy. No deaths so far but I am unsure whether the dropsy fish will recover.

I am worried that I will find myself at the store in the next week or so buying more ten gallons for hospitals. Two more fish seem to be losing weight, and I will problably end up treating them for parasites as well.

Ugh I am just so frustrated!

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post #2 of 10 Old 09-22-2009, 06:38 PM
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It is unfortunate that you weren't able to rely on those you put in charge for caring for your tank...You are taking the right steps regardless...Keep your eyes peeled.
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post #3 of 10 Old 09-22-2009, 07:39 PM
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So sorry to hear your fish where neglected while you where away. Best of luck to you, hope they all recover.
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post #4 of 10 Old 09-22-2009, 07:40 PM
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Oh no. Crossing my fingers for you.

Good luck!

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #5 of 10 Old 09-22-2009, 10:53 PM
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That bites. I'd be absolutely crushed if that happened to my tank. Hope you're able to get it squared away without losing your fish.

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post #6 of 10 Old 09-22-2009, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
Thanks everyone for all the good wishes. I will let you know how I fair.

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post #7 of 10 Old 09-23-2009, 12:20 AM Thread Starter
Just thought I would share this picture....its rather humorous....I ran out of tanks and am down to rubbermaids and cookware.
I think is time to break down and get a few more extra tanks...but when this is over with I am going to have thoughts like "hmmm, I could set this up as a nice dwarf puffer tank or maybe another nano reef....."
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post #8 of 10 Old 09-23-2009, 12:25 AM
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Oh, wow. You've got quite the situation going on. You know, there is nothing wrong with Rubbermaid or a nice plastic bin. Go check out Tyyrlym's QT tank. It's awesome and what I'm going to use should the time ever come that I have this type of problem.

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post #9 of 10 Old 09-24-2009, 09:04 AM
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I had been out of town for 4 months and had someone caring for may tanks while I was gone. They were supopost to do water changes on my 125 cichlid tank. When I got back I noticed my fish acting strange. I did some testing and that revealed that my nitrates were 160+. Apparently, no water changes had taken place at all. So I did a major water change to help rectify the problem. Since then I have been hit with many problems, which I think is due to the lack of water changes causing bad water quality.
The underlying issue actually is the fact you just did a large water change. Naturally, your fish were shocked by the sudden change in water conditions especially a huge dive of nitrate level. If this were to happen, what you shoud have done is make small partial water changes first. Increase water volume replaced each day. The gradual changing would not have caused such issue more than your sudden large water change did.

The above scenario left them open to severe stress thus they became very vulnerable to various health issues.

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I have 3 fish in hospitals currently. One is being treated for red sores, another for parasites and fungus (I believe parasites because of his rapid weight loss), and just put another in today for suspected dropsy. No deaths so far but I am unsure whether the dropsy fish will recover.
The dropsy incident is from osmoregulatory shock. Your fish suffered the sudden change of water conditions which they failed to adapt quickly to thus damaging their osmoregulatory system in the process. The chances of recovery for that is very slim.

What are these parasites and fungal infections you're talking about? Please post in details those and include photos of all affected areas.

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post #10 of 10 Old 09-24-2009, 09:30 AM
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I believe the filter 's efficiency may have suffered during the time you were away. That combined with lack of water changes in a cichlid tank nearly always presents serious problems. I do hope your fish all recover. I also agree that to fix water problems,small daily water changes are better for fish than one or two large water changes unless ammonia is present. Some believe cichlids do poorly with nitrAtes much above 20. It's what I aim for in my tanks.

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
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