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post #11 of 16 Old 11-17-2013, 10:47 AM Thread Starter
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Ammonia .05
Nitrate 20
Nitrite 5.0
Hardness 300
Chlorine 0
KH 300
pH 8.4
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post #12 of 16 Old 11-17-2013, 11:46 AM
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While strips aren't the most reliable compared to liquid tests that nitrite is jacked if it's anywhere near correct. That would be a concern, what sort of dechlorinator/water conditioner are you using for the replacement water? Woodstock is supplied by wells, not on the Chicago water system, so the hardness & pH are probably pretty accurate. Nitrate isn't a concern, the ammonia level may be due to the inaccuracies of the strips. If it were me I'd be doing a 50% water change daily until that nitrite & ammonia come down, and consider picking up a liquid test kit for ammonia, nitrite, and perhaps nitrate.
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post #13 of 16 Old 11-17-2013, 12:03 PM
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Agree with Tolak. Large water changes with triple or more doses of a conditioner like Prime with each water change (since you have fish remaining in the tank) until you can get those levels to zero for the ammonia and nitrIte.

Hang in there and don't give up or despair. You've already learned quite a bit from your fist mistake.

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #14 of 16 Old 11-17-2013, 01:15 PM Thread Starter
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I've been using Tetra AquaSafe, 2.5 ml per 5gal . I still have not seen the rainbow shark today. Is there a better conditioner I should try ? I will do a 50% water change after the storm passes. I am really greatful for the helpful advice.
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post #15 of 16 Old 11-17-2013, 01:37 PM Thread Starter
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If there is a better conditioner I could use I will go get it now. Do you have a recomendation fir a better test kit I will pick that up also. I'm pretty sure my shark is also passed. He is not in his favorite spot and we should have seen it by now. All that's left is a few ghost shrimp. Doing my best to keep my spirits up but this has been a pricey and sad lesson.
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post #16 of 16 Old 11-17-2013, 02:01 PM
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So sorry to hear of your dreadful experience. On the bright side, you have learned from what has happened and I'm sure you won't repeat. So many people blame disease for problems that are actualy caused by poor water quality. Follow the excellent advice of romad , water changes and water testing. If you can access some mature filter material add it to your filter . It will help jumpstart the bacteria that will help stabilize your tank. Good luck!

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