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Old 01-13-2013, 05:46 AM   #1
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Ammonia levels??

This morning I noticed one of my fish at the top of the tank gasping for air. Worried at why he was doing this I immediately checked my water, and found the following results.
Ammonia - 0.5 ppm
Nitrite - 0 ppm
Nitrate - 40 ppm
Ph - 7.8
As soon as I realized my ammonia levels were high I did a 50% water change and re tested, giving me much better results and my fish had settled down and were looking a lot better. I've never had this happen before, I am relatively new to the hobby but I'm sure my tank was cycled as I have also had 0 nitrites and ammonia and about 20 ppm nitrates steadily before this happened. The only thing I have done lately is added another 2 x fish to the tank and cleaned one of my filters out reasonably thoroughly on my last water change which was about 3 days ago. Any advise to help me out with any of this would be much appreciated. I really don't want to loose any fish.
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Old 01-13-2013, 05:51 AM   #2
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When you cleaned your filter out did you use current tank water to clean the pads out?
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Yeah, rinsed it all out in a bucket of water which I had taken out of the tank
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More info on tank and livestock and whatnot
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Yes tank size and type and numbers of fish would be very helpful.
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Old 01-13-2013, 02:45 PM   #6
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The tank is 55 gal. At the moment I have 2 x crabro, 2 x electric yellows, 2 x red peacock, 2 x borleyi, 1 x yellow tail acei, 1 x blue peacock, 1 x giraffe cichlid, 2 x clown loach, 1 x synodontis catfish. Hope this is enough info, let me know if u need any more?
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Old 01-13-2013, 03:28 PM   #7
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Just did another test this morning and levels are as follows.
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 20
Ph - 7.8
Looking alot better, but still a bit worried. Any more advice on what happened yesterday would be good. Thanks
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You said one of your filters, what type and how many filters are you running?
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I have a large external canister which I havnt cleaned yet and a reasonably large internal filter which sits in the corner of the tank. The inter filter is the one I cleaned.
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Old 01-13-2013, 10:07 PM   #10
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This might be a strange question, but when was the last time you cleaned the canister? And, did you check to make sure it's running properly?
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