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Old 09-23-2016, 07:19 PM   #1
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In need of some advice

Hello from Canada!
I am hoping some more experienced fish lovers can help this beginner out.
We have recently set up our aquarium after years in storage and it seems the first fish we put in are in distress.
We have a 30 gallon tank that has been set up for a week. We put 3 platies in it tonight and I can see their gills turning red. I read this could be ammonia poisoning.
We have tested the water and the test kit says the ammonia is low but pH is high.
I am not sure what to do. I don't want to lose them.
Any suggestions would be greatly apprecited.

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Hi, welcome! What sort of test kit are you using and what numbers are you getting for the readings? Unless the problem is the tap water (sometimes companies change water sources), a moderate, temp matched water change is a good start.
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well you found the place for advice and were glade you found us .
it sounds to me as you forgot that one very important step cycling.
Guide to Starting a Freshwater Aquarium - Aquarium Advice
if you bring this topic down to the freshwater section I'm sure you'll get all the answers and help you need.
welcome to AA look forward to seeing you on the forums .
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Hi, welcome! What sort of test kit are you using and what numbers are you getting for the readings? Unless the problem is the tap water (sometimes companies change water sources), a moderate, temp matched water change is a good start.
Thanks for replying...
Well 2/3 platies are gone and third isn't looking too well.

We used two test kits. One with a test tube and drops...ammonia showed 0 and pH was as high as the test card showed which was 7.6.
Then we used tetra 5 in 1 easy strips and again nitrate was 0 nitrate 0 hardness 300gh alkalinity close to 300 kh and pH in between 7.8 and 8.4.
We are in well water in the country.
Maybe we should empty the tank and start again??
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As I said I'm very new to this so I'll head to the other forum and check it out. Thank you
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