Originally Posted by border324
my trigger was just too stress out from the water conditions and devloped some type of deiase that made his fins rot away.
Most likely from the water conditions and possibley adding fish too early on in the set up. Over feeding will be the greatest contributor to poor water quality. Feed only once a day and only what the fish can get in a few minutes. If for fish like triggers and puffers, add the food in small "spurts" to allow them as much opportunity to eat the food before the filter gets it. If using krill, silversides or other larger foods, a feeding stick will ensure they do not make too much of a mess. Once the feeding is under control, making sure the filter is properly cleaned of blockage and detritus regularly, will help with the nitrates. As I said though, removing the foam pads will help alot.
whats the best time to test water?
The best time to test the ph
is midway through the photoperiod of the tank. You can also take a reading before lights on and one just before lights out and average the two. The rest of the tests don't really matter that much.
i have bought a water test kit when i bought my tank and its about a year now do they go bad?. will tank a trip to the LFS
Test kits do expire and will give skewed/false reading if so. Before spending alot of money on new tests, you can easily have the LFS
compare the accuracey by taking them a water sample. The only one that cannot be confirmed is the ph
. Once exposed to ample ambient O2
, it will increase the ph
in the water and give you a false reading. ph
should be tested emmediately after removing a sample from the tank.
I would also suggest adding another PH
at the surface of the tank to increase aggitation and improve the gas exchange. Is the tank covered?