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Old 11-24-2015, 04:56 PM   #1
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cichlid sick?

I have a Red Devil Cichlid that is about 8 years old. The last few weeks he has been staying at the bottom of tank he still eats good and try to swim but keeps falling back on his side. His Nitrate was high and PH low so I have done several water changes and now his readings are:
Nitrate 60
Nitrite 0
Total Alkalinity 40
PH 6.2
Ammonia .5

I'm not sure how to get his reading correct seems like the water changes aren't doing much :/
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Old 11-25-2015, 04:18 PM   #2
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Can someone please help me??
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Old 11-25-2015, 05:44 PM   #3
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At this point I would be doing 50% water changes ever 2 hours or so until the ammo is 0 and the trates are under 10 or unreadable. Are there any other signs besides not staying upright. at 8 years old he may just be week.
Can you post any pictures?
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also how high were the trates and ammo? What size tank?
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Old 11-27-2015, 01:55 PM   #5
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We have been doing like 10 gallons at a time every two days, the first few times the nitrates dropped from 60 to 40 but now they are back up to 60. The ammonia is reading .5
He is in a 55 gallon tank by himself. He is very active just can not stay upright :/

I have a photo just not sure how to upload it but I'm trying to do that right now.
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Old 11-27-2015, 02:26 PM   #7
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He's got HLLE but I don't know if that would cause him to lay on his side like that. That size fish in a 55 will need at least 50% weekly water changes maybe even twice a week just to keep the water parameters right. 10% is a waste of time. The HLLE is from poor water quality. Trates need to stay under 20. I would do as I said above and he should recover. But the pits on his head look bad. They may he's but may never go away completely.
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Thank you, so the water changes should correct this? Is there any type of medication you would suggest using?
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I don't use medication but I have never had a problem where I needed too. Wait and see if someone else can advise on that. I would start with a 50% water change. That should cut the ammo and trates in 1/2. See how he does for the next few hours after the water change.
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Thank you for you help.
How long should you wait to test the water after a water change?
The reason I asked is I did the 50% water change and then tested it 30 mins later and I am getting higher levels of ammonia readings now. I just checked my tap water and it has a 3.0 reading for the ammonia.
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