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Old 08-30-2012, 12:15 AM   #11
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I agree with everything above. Are you losing fish or are those fish doing okay? 80ppm would likely have them dead pretty quick. How often are you feeding?
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:20 AM   #12
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Yes, i use a api test kit. Suppose to be a good better one out there with the little tubes. I bought the same kit in sale so i'll try that one tomorrow and let you know what the nitrate levels say. I've never lost a fish and try me i read the directions each time so every things exact. The only thing i notice that seems to die quickly are my shrimp. Longest i had one last was 3 weeks. Replacing the sand over a period of time will help you think?
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:56 AM   #13
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You test for copper or have you ever put any kind of copper based treatment in the tank?
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Old 08-30-2012, 01:58 AM   #14
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High nitrate and phosphate levels are not good on shrimp as well as any traces of copper from medicines used to treat parasites.
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:00 AM   #15
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I use to put api stress coat in. Only copper i can think of is when i use to use the well water maybe through the pipes
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Old 08-30-2012, 02:10 AM   #16
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Take your water and ask your fish store to test it for you. They will test for copper if you ask them to and i would rather than buying a test. If the nitrates come back high then that's probably your issue. Is your PH ok?
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:51 AM   #17
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If you do have copper present, run a poly filter in your aquaclear, and keep doing changes with RODI...
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Old 08-30-2012, 10:32 AM   #18
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I agree with everything above. Are you losing fish or are those fish doing okay? 80ppm would likely have them dead pretty quick. How often are you feeding?
What are you basing this opinion on?
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:50 AM   #19
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Its a 30g tank. My first thought was why only a 10% water change per week? Up it to one 50% weekly until the levels are detectable by API kits (anything over 20ppm is too hard to determine in these kits). Easy problem to fix while trying to figure out the source of the problem. No skimmers and other equipment is needed since they only postpone water changes. This is the one huge benefit of owning your small 30g tank versus a 75g with sump - you get superior water quality by changing the water and not postponing it by use of equipment.
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I would not do 50% water changes until a new set of testing can be done... There may not even be a problem existing here. If he brings water to get tested, and it ends up only being 20ppm, then yes, a 50% change and then weekly 10-15% will help...
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