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Old 08-07-2004, 07:50 PM   #1
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I tested the levels of my QT that has been running for a couple of months and they were fine, so I bought a Heniochus butterflyfish.

So an hour later after putting the fish in, I test ammonia and nitrite and nitrites are through the roof (1.6 mg/l), which doesn't make much sense to me since there is no ammonia spike ?!?. So I do a 75% water change, and there is little decrease if any. So I test my main tank, and there's no nitrites, so the testkit is likely ok.

So what should I do? Should I put the butterfly in my main tank, or keep doing water changes? The fish will likely die if the nitrites don't decrease soon.
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Did you add the bag water from the pet store to your QT?
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Old 08-07-2004, 08:07 PM   #3
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No I drip accumilated it, then dumped the water into a bowl and dumped the fish into the QT. Very little water got into the QT, if any.
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Keep with the water changes. How big is the fish and what is the qt tank size? Heni's are very active, eat a lot and product a lot of waste.
Don't sacrifice the rest of your stock in your main by skipping qt.
Try doing 30% water changes twice a day, feed light and siphon all uneaten food right away and see if it stablizes.
75% is stessful for the fish.
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I have had the same problem. Were you feeding your QT anything to keep the bacteria going? I did 25% water changes 2x daily until the levels came down. Feed sparingly, if at all. I added some Amquel to reduce toxicity and for peace of mind. Good Luck.
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QT size is 10 gallons and fish is small for the species, I think 2-3 inches.

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Heni's are very active, eat a lot and product a lot of waste
I havn't put any food in the tank yet, but it ate right before I bagged it. Although I thought it takes a bit of time for the waste to transfer to nitrites.

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Don't sacrifice the rest of your stock in your main by skipping qt.
It doesn't appear to be doing to well, mainly sticking to the bottom of the tank, but I resisted the urge to put it in the main tank.

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Try doing 30% water changes twice a day, feed light and siphon all uneaten food right away and see if it stablizes.
75% is stessful for the fish.
This is now my plan. After two more 50% changes the nitrites are finally at 0.3 mg/l

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Were you feeding your QT anything to keep the bacteria going?
About once every other week I put a frozen shimp in there for a night.

The odd thing is that I'm not detecting any ammonia.
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Hang in there. I have 2 healthy Heni's and they were both a challange.
Both of them came with a parasitic disease and needed treatment.
Keep the tank water as pristine as you can. They are a tough fish and will pull through..
The rewards are great, this fish is a real sweetheart. Mine are the first to greet me every time I come to my tank.
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