03-30-2012, 01:11 PM
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Sorry for the first post guys, just read the sticky. Hope this helps
1. What is the size of your tank?
2. What are your water parameters? State the brand of test kit used.
Ammonia = 1
pH = lower than 6
Not sure about bacteria numbers..
I use both of these products when doing water changes:
Aquenon Water Conditioner
3. Is your aquarium set up freshwater or brackish water?
4. How long the aquarium has been set up?
5. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?
1 swordtail, 2 platies (all females) all of them are fullgrown between 2 and 4 inches. I have had these ones since the tank was established
6. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?
7. What temperature is the tank water currently?
8. Are there live plants in the aquarium?
One or two, nothing crazy. I just removed some moss from a moss ball as it turned white randomly..
9. What filter are you using? State brand, maintenance routine and power capacity.
Aqueron 20 gallon pump
10. Any other equipment used (aside from heater and filter which are two very important components of the tank)?
11. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? What is your lighting schedule (assuming you do not rely on sunlight for our viewing pleasure)?
No sunlight, the lights are on about ~8hrs a day
12. When did you perform your last water change and how much water was changed? How often do you change your water? Do you vacuum the substrate?
We do a water change maybe every week/week and a half. The water was changed about 8 days ago. We vacuum every couple weeks.
13. What foods do you provide your fish? What is the feeding schedule?
Normal tropical flakes. We feed once a day, only enough for 5 min of feeding time.
14. What unusual signs have you observed in your fish?
Aggression between the females, we just lost 4 guppies in 4 days, And then a variatus in last night and she died over night.
15. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? If so, what treatments did you use? State your reasons for planning ahead of proper diagnosis.
We treated the tank with the Ammonia Detox everyday for a week or so. That brought down the ammonia significantly. As well as added the water condition every time we change the water.
We added a little baking soda to bring the pH back up a little, but most forums told us to leave it alone because the fish probably had already gotten used to the level. They also said if it changed a lot it could kill the fish.