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Old 01-31-2015, 04:59 PM   #21
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But one small fish death in, what I seem to remember being 40 gallons of water, should not create detectable ammonia in the water column. This is where the concern is coming from.
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I agree with both of you. The odd thing is I've been testing daily since November when I started cycling. Today I used the API test kits as I had them sitting around and now I have readings!


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I read what Hank said and spoke to my LFS about taking back the shrimp and snails. They have a no returns policy as they took livestock back once and whatever they had pretty much infected lots of fish. I'm going to try the second option and do water changes and get the levels back to zero. Once I'm back to zeros, what should I do? Thanks for everything so far


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Continued daily testing to ensure those levels aren't going back up. Water changes if they do go up.
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Thanks buddy. I plan on 20% WC until they are 0


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Old 02-02-2015, 05:23 AM   #26
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It does just sound like bad luck, I lost a few fish to ich I gradually killed it off with the uv I got and haven't seen it for a few months maybe try one cheapish fish like Carey said and leave it a few weeks before adding more you'll get there in the end perseverance!


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Old 02-02-2015, 07:56 AM   #27
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Thanks mate, once the ammonia is down, I'll start again and restock. This is hard work!


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Thanks mate, once the ammonia is down, I'll start again and restock. This is hard work!


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Just make sure you have your own test kit for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. I think this is a situation of just not finished cycling. This way you will know when it is done. Ammonia down, nitrite up. Nitrite down, nitrate up.
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I have the API kit and salifert for ammonia, nitrate and nitrate. The confusing thing is both tests give different results 😡


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While api is usually adequate for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate I prefer the salifert tests only because of their accuracy. How far off are the two tests coming out? Do you have any idea how old the Api tests are? Or the saliferts? I've had the same issue with api and salifert with ammonia....the salifert alwasy comes up clean but the darn API sometimes shows ammonia on tanks that have been set up years, so I dont know lol
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