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Old 10-04-2008, 08:52 PM   #1
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Normal Behavior for a Convict?

When they are introduced to a tank, do convicts usually swim up and down the sides? Is the fish just adjusting to the tank?
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Old 10-04-2008, 08:53 PM   #2
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Could be, but just to be sure, what are your water parameters, and how did you acclimate the fish?
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The ph is 6.8, temperature 81 degrees Fahrenheit. I gradually acclimated the fish by pouring the bag with the fish in it into a bucket, then I added water from the tank into the bucket.
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By parameters we mean ammonia, nitrite and nitrate in addition to ph.
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Ammonia nitrites and nitrates are very low, so they couldn't be affecting the fish. By the way, he seems to have settled down now and is exploring the tank.
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Ammonia nitrites and nitrates are very low, so they couldn't be affecting the fish.
Very low doesnt mean anything to me, I only understand numbers. Ammonia and nitrite over 0 is not good.
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My test kit does not test ammonia, but the nitrite is 0.0 and the nitrates are 0.0 as well.
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I'd suggest getting a new test kit, you have to test for Ammonia. If the ammonia is high it will poison your fish and it will die a painful death.
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Ok thanks for the advice. I will get another test kit.
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Knowing your ammonia level will definitely help in the future if this happens again. What size tank is this? Some fish takes things slow when introduced to a new tank and others do the opposite!
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