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Old 07-27-2011, 11:25 PM   #1
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Water levels - slightly confused

At the end of June I bought a 55g tank and I made the common starting mistake of putting fish in the tank right away. I later found this site, got a little educated, and have been checking water levels and doing partial water changes since.

A few days ago I tested the ammonia levels in my tank and it was between .5 and 1. I did a 50% water change. I use prime as the conditioner and a ph decreaser since the water from my tap has a pretty high ph (usually around 7.8 - 8.0). The next day I checked the ammonia and it was .25ish.

One of my angel fish had what appeared to be dropsy so I treated the tank with Marcyn 2. In case you are wondering, the angel fish didn't survive. I kind of figured as much from what I've read about dropsy.

As usual, the ammonia levels started rising again but I didn't do another water change because I was treating the tank. I checked the water levels today and not only is the ammonia 0 but so are the nitrites and nitrates. I did each test twice making sure I followed the directions exactly using a timer (I have the API Freshwater Test Kit). I kind of expected the ammonia levels to rise considering the tank probably isn't cycled yet but I'm confused on how all readings can be 0 at the same time.

Is it possible that Marcyn 2 had the effect of "reseting" all of the levels or is something else going on? I'd appreciate any advice or help that can be provided.
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:31 PM   #2
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All those chemicals in the tank can be throwing your levels off.

I would suggest to stop using the pH decreaser and leave the pH where it is unless you have ridiculously sensitive fish. Most fish can acclamate to the pH you have.
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:35 PM   #3
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All those chemicals in the tank can be throwing your levels off.

I would suggest to stop using the pH decreaser and leave the pH where it is unless you have ridiculously sensitive fish. Most fish can acclamate to the pH you have.
I would have to agree.

Who else do you have in there?
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I have the following:

5 long fin red minor tetras
5 cory catfish
5 glofish
1 plecostomus
3 dwarf gourami
1 angelfish

The only reason I'm using the ph decreaser is from what I've read most of the fish I have like a ph of 7. I never get it that low but I usually try to keep it around 7.5. I'll stop using it though.
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