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Old 08-08-2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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I am a Catholic Priest and recently got a 55 gallon aquarium. This is not new to me, I am just renewing my interest from years ago. I am amazed at how much I never knew about this "hobby." Presently, I am trying to get my tank stabilized. I have had a few deaths and am not sure what is wrong. My angels all die, some immediately, some after a few days. My guppies are also not lasting long. The angels would not eat much, and sometimes cling to the top, like they need oxygen. I have plenty of aeration and the filter works great. Temperature is between 76-80, a bit cool for angels, I know.
My tank stats at present: ph - 8.0
phosphorus - 1.0
nitrate - 40
nitrite - 1.0
ammonia - 0
I change partially the water every week

I have some live plants ulvasis, micro sword, amazon sword, red ludwiga, and wisteria ..

I have put some pertified wood in the tank, and a couple of artificial plants and a couple of artificial ornaments.

All the above I have gradually added since I got the tank about a month ago.

Well, that is who and where I am at present.

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Old 08-08-2010, 10:26 AM   #2
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Welcome to AA.

Since you just got your tank, I'm betting your problem is that you didn't allow it to cycle properly before adding fish. Here are a few links to get you through the process.

I just learned about cycling but I already have fish. What now?!




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Welcome to AA!

Good advice above, it's most likely the elevated nitrIte in your tank (from your cycle occurring) that's causing your issues. Doing water changes to maintain that level below 0.5ppm is your best course of action for now.
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I agree with the cyclling, and welcome to AA!

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