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Old 01-12-2014, 08:59 PM   #1
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Help? Fish suddenly dying.

I just did a 50% water change today as requested by someone on here from high ammonia levels. 10 min after water change I noticed several fish looking sick and one dead. What could have happened.
PH- I thought it was 7.4 before. Just checked it using the low PH range and it was only 6.4?
Ammonia- 2-4ppm
Nitrite and nitrate-0
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:03 PM   #2
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I just did a 50% water change today as requested by someone on here from high ammonia levels. 10 min after water change I noticed several fish looking sick and one dead. What could have happened. PH- I thought it was 7.4 before. Just checked it using the low PH range and it was only 6.4? Ammonia- 2-4ppm Nitrite and nitrate-0
You have to do as many water changes as it takes to get that ammo below .25ppm, 0 is ideal, are you using conditioner? Matching temp?
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I use Nite-Out II and also match temp. Yes. But even though the first water change seemed to cause fish to act funny should I keep doing changes?
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I checked your profile and noticed your occupation, you have to be really careful when working on your tank, any of the chemicals you work with get into that water and could be trouble.
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Yup. I use gloves at work and don't really get chemicals on my hands much
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Should I keep doing water changes?
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Old 01-12-2014, 09:19 PM   #7
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I would keep doing wc until ur levels levels are lower.
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:18 PM   #8
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Just did another water change. 30%. Fish still seem to be hanging near the top gasping for air or just sitting on the bottom not moving much. Water temp is at 80. No more dead. Worried about it though
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Was weird because everything seemed fine till today's WC
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Old 01-12-2014, 10:33 PM   #10
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2-4ppm of ammonia after a water change:/ thats weird. Have you tested your tap water?

The 50% that was recommend was definitely the right advice and this must be a freak incident.

You say your ph was 7.4 before the change? When was your last water change before this? Do you have anything in the tank that could of raised it over time causing it to crash after the change?

Im either thinking that your tap water parameters have changed.
That you have something in the tank that raised the ph and the water change caused the ph to drop wildly.

Can you be sure the ph was 7.4 before and 6.4 after? thats a big drop and would definitely be a problem.


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