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Old 07-07-2014, 05:04 PM   #11
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Here's the update:
I did two 25% water changes and levels are now at 7.6ph, 0 amm, .25 nitrite, 5 nitrate. HUGE THANKS to all of you! Tank is almost where it needs to be!


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Old 07-07-2014, 09:39 PM   #12
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Don't add salt. This just stresses the fish out further. .

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Where did you hear that? Salt is beneficial and helps alleviate ammonia and nitrites poisoning. It also helps fish heal.

I had the wen trimmed on my oranda and the vet insisted I add salt to the water when I got him home

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Where did you hear that? Salt is beneficial and helps alleviate ammonia and nitrites poisoning. It also helps fish heal.

I had the wen trimmed on my oranda and the vet insisted I add salt to the water when I got him home

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I agree that salt can be beneficial in certain situations. The salt was probably prescribed for therapeutic reasons in your case since some "work" was done on the oranda. To help healing and reduce the chance of infection.
The tetras and barbs in the OPs tank have not been through any procedures and the OP has not indicated injuries or wounds on them. Not all fish tolerate salt well. Goldfish and some livebearers are fine with it.
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Old 07-07-2014, 10:36 PM   #14
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There are no injured or sick fish in my tank. I did some research and in fact, salt can be used to reduce high nitrite levels as well. I will confirm with my LFS pro tomorrow. Interesting though.


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Old 07-07-2014, 10:54 PM   #15
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At 25% WC, the nitrite level went from 5.0 to 2.0. I will do another 25% in the morning. PH is and always has been in the 7.6 range. Ammonia is at 0, nitrate is at 10 (down from 40). I'll re-test before doing anything in the morning. I'm also skipping their feeding today. Thanks for all the help!

Hmm. Weird. What kind of test are you using?


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There are no injured or sick fish in my tank. I did some research and in fact, salt can be used to reduce high nitrite levels as well. I will confirm with my LFS pro tomorrow. Interesting though.


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Salt won't reduce nitrite levels (that I'm aware of) but will stop nitrites entering through fish gills from memory. It protects the fish. The amount of salt needed is very small. Below is the info I have.

Salt - 1/15th tsp/10g for 1ppm nitrite.
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Another point with water changes is that too much changing too rapidly can do almost as much damage to the fish as the high nitrite levels. To the OP's advantage is that PRIME can help reduce the toxicity of the nitrites while the biological catches up. With this, smaller water changes can be done to help reduce the nitrite level while creating less stress on the fish and the use of PRIME will reduce the toxicity to what is there. Keep in mind that in the old days ( my time ) fish went through entire cycles without massive water changes. In fact, massive water changes were always frowned upon as more fish died after them than from the high nitrite levels. Certain fish are more sensitive to the toxicity of nitrites and should not be put into an uncycled aquarium.

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