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Old 03-15-2011, 03:02 PM   #1 
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Bah, I think my tank is recycling...

I just did a massive cleaning of my tank (took decorations out, as well as fish, cleaned the gravel a bit more thoroughly, changed 50% water). There was still plenty of the aquarium water left in it, so I thought...

But now, all of my fish except the bettas, will not leave the surface of the water for more than a few seconds. Even my Clown Loach.... I'm assuming it's because when I tested my nitrite level was at .5 and nitrate was a little high as well ( don't remember what it was). I just added some Biozyme and hope that will kick that cycle up and get it finished but I was wondering if anyone had any other tips??

At least my tank looks really good! Did a complete remodeling and the bettas love all their new hiding spots.
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Old 03-15-2011, 03:32 PM   #2 
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How big is the tank and when was the last water change before this one....what was the nitrate and pH before this water change, did you also clean the filter media or change the filter media, how much dechlorinator did you use and what brand, water temp...

If the other fish are gasping/gulping at the surface and nitrite is 0.5ppm....I would make another 25-50% water only change and add an airstone....what is the nitrate and pH reading now......what other species of fish...
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Old 03-16-2011, 04:22 PM   #3 
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How big is the tank and when was the last water change before this one....what was the nitrate and pH before this water change, did you also clean the filter media or change the filter media, how much dechlorinator did you use and what brand, water temp...

If the other fish are gasping/gulping at the surface and nitrite is 0.5ppm....I would make another 25-50% water only change and add an airstone....what is the nitrate and pH reading now......what other species of fish...
The tank is a 55 gallon, the last water change before that was a little less than a 25% (I do fairly frequent small water changes). The nitrate was never above 20 and the ph was fairly steady at 7.5. I rinsed the some of the filter media and only changed out half the carbon (or whatever it's called). I used API's stress coat + and the proper measurement for 55 gallons. The water temperature is at 78 constantly.

I already have an airstone but I will change the water again. The nitrate reading is much higher now. It's at about 80 but the pH has gone down to 7.5. The guppies, glolite tetras, neon tetras, platy and glofish as well as my clown loach are stay at the surface for the most part.

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Old 03-16-2011, 05:03 PM   #4 
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I would start doing small daily water changes until you get the nitrate to at least 20ppm....you don't want to change that too fast because that can stress the fish and kill them....it almost sounds like a pH and/or nitrate shock already from a too big a change in a overstocked tank that hasn't had regular weekly water changes...but since you do weekly water changes already....hard to say.....gasping after a water changes usually is a shock related issue of some sort.......how are the fish doing today...any better or any deaths......
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I had two deaths last night. One was expected (one of my platy had been acting funny for the past week) and then one was one of the tetras. Everyone is acting way more normal now that I just did a small water change.
The tank is far from over stocked but I do agree it was probably shock from the massive water change. I have 6 female betta, 4 guppies, 3 glofish, 2 neon tetras, 2 glolite tetras, 4 platy, 1 loach, and 1 adf.
But again, everyone seems a lot more normal now. I'll keep doing small water changes for the next couple days and see how it shakes out.
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Old 03-16-2011, 09:37 PM   #6 
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My betta girl Polly just died... (avatar girl)
She was hovering at the top quite a bit more than the other bettas... :'(
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