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Old 11-25-2014, 12:43 PM   #1
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Ph nitate levels

Hey guys I need your help. I just set up my aquarium yesterday and I decided to go African cichlid. Doing so, I bought the Seachem Malawai water buffer to help raise my pH levels. The fish were doing fine yesterday but when I woke up this morning they were all at the top of the tank, it looks like they're trying to breathe oxygen. Click image for larger version

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Old 11-25-2014, 01:20 PM   #3
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Get a liquid test kit, for the time being I would lower the water level if you have a HOB to increase surface disturbance or put a bubble stone in.

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Old 11-25-2014, 01:33 PM   #4
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Trash the strips and go with a liquid tester as mentioned, most use API master freshwater kit. It does look like they're going for air, so until you get the water results from the new test, dropping the water level for more surface agitation would add more oxygen to the water.
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Old 11-25-2014, 02:05 PM   #5
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What your pH and GH before the change?

More importantly, if your tank was setup yesterday than you seriously need to be testing your ammonia levels as your tank is likely uncycled.

Lastly, how big is your tank.
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:18 PM   #6
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I just went and got a liquid water tester and took your advice about lowering the water level. However, I already did have an oxygen rock in the tank. When I lowered the water level the fish moved from the top of the tank so it worked. Now I don't know what to do though. Do I have to leave my water level this low? Why is there not enough oxygen in my tank?
There are about 12 fish in the tank.
I have a 75 gallon tank with a fluval 406 canister filter and a fluval air tube.
The results from the water test are as follows:
Ph-8.0
Nh3/nh4-0.25
Nitrate-0ppm
Nitrite-0ppm


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Old 11-25-2014, 03:37 PM   #7
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What is the temp?
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:38 PM   #8
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Old 11-25-2014, 03:45 PM   #9
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That should be fine but it won't hurt to lower it if you can. The lower the temp the more oxygen. 72-75 is fine for rift lake cichlids.
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Okay I will lower the temp to 75 and refill the water and see what happens. Will update tomorrow. Thanks everyone.


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