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Old 12-13-2011, 09:17 PM   #11
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Sorry for the frustration. Sadly, it's too common a story.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:19 PM   #12
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Sorry for the frustration. Sadly, it's too common a story.
Thanks. Just drives me mad because I KNOW there is nothing wrong with my tanks and maintenance schedule and she was trying to tell me otherwise.
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Old 12-13-2011, 09:21 PM   #13
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On the newer API kits the ammonia color on the chart is a bit off, and does look like it shows 0.5.

Which kit did you use to test at home?
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I thought Rasboras preferred an acidic pH. maybe the dead fish released ammonia? I also think that 50% every week is a lot, I think that if you have to change that amount of water is better to change 25% every 3-4 days.
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I think 50% a week is perfectly fine, as long as you don't vacuum all the gravel every single water change. That will vacuum out a lot of the beneficial bacteria.
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On the newer API kits the ammonia color on the chart is a bit off, and does look like it shows 0.5.

Which kit did you use to test at home?
We both used API liquid tests. Don't know about theirs but mine is about 8-9 months old. Not out of date either.
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I thought Rasboras preferred an acidic pH. maybe the dead fish released ammonia? I also think that 50% every week is a lot, I think that if you have to change that amount of water is better to change 25% every 3-4 days.
I don't have to change 50% but I prefer to. The most nitrate I have ever seen is 10ppm just before a pwc in my tanks.
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It depends on what fish and tank size you have to really state what pwc you need. I have an overstocked tank 54 bow and I change 50 to 60% a week with gravel change.
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I don't have to change 50% but I prefer to. The most nitrate I have ever seen is 10ppm just before a pwc in my tanks.
Ditto I like 50% it makes me feel better.
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I think 50% a week is perfectly fine, as long as you don't vacuum all the gravel every single water change. That will vacuum out a lot of the beneficial bacteria.

No offense, but I totally disagree about the gravel vacs. More is better with PWCs, 50% is a good amount. The bacteria is predominantly in the filter media. It needs high oxygenation. Substrate can house some, but removing the detritus and rotting food is more important than worry over bacteria loss from gravel vacing. JMO
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