I'm still very new to this.
Lone story short, moved into a house with a fish tank already, we bout a bigger one, I didnít know about the cycle stage.
I first started off with test strips but quickly ran out from testing so much. I used water from the old tank, added new water, some aque safe start stuff, and other stuff to condition the water. My water was doing fine. Then out of no where the nitrates or nitrite spike, or both. I added plants, did a few water changes, so fish died but I got it back to 0.
So 2 days ago, I wake up to 2 dead fish, I did a 50% water change, added the tap water bottle stuff and thought that would help. Yesterday, 3 more fish died. I added Start Zyme and did a 25% water change. Today 1 more fish died, and 1 I can tell he is still under stress and will probable die soon.
So today I broke down and bout the high dollar tester, plus I only had 1 strip left. I also bought 4 more plants and remove any that looked unhealthy.
55 Gallon Tank
PH- 7.6 or higher
Ammonia 0 ppm
1 African Frog
1 Betta in a Fry tank so she doesnít hurt anyone
1 Albino Cory Catfish
1 (forgot the name) catfish
2 Angle fish
3 mollys and one looks like he might die tonight.
1 Melon Sword
1 Argentine Sword
I donít know much about plants, but I did the tests before adding them
Already in tank
Some combo set/ 1 was bamboo
The picture I will show is a test I did tonight. I know algae needs nitrites to grow, so I did a test with to see if it would kill the nitrates to stop algae growth. I was wrong, it made it worse. From left to right I stated with no algae killer, then each time added moreÖ..
So any advise on the nitrites? I have no where to move the fish til I get this worked out. My 3rd tank is not ready yet.
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