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Old 02-01-2011, 08:07 PM   #1
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Hello all I am new to this forum and am extremely happy I found this as I am having a few problems with one of my tiger barbs I bought 3 the other day and one of them seems to exclude himself from the other two I just went and checked on them now and 2 of them are lay next to each other settling down for the night and the other is at the side of the filter lay on his side which dosent look to good tbh I mean I no they can sleep unusual but is this normal? Thanks in advance
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Old 02-01-2011, 08:09 PM   #2
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they shouldn't be laying anywhere... they should be swimming around.

Did you cycle your tank before adding the fish? Please post your most recent water test results:

Ammonia
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Nitrate
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Also, what size is the tank, what kind of filter are you using? What kind of tank maintenance are you performing?
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Hello there thanks for the quick response i have had the tank set up for a little over 1 week and I took wrong advice from a Pets store as they said it's fine bassicly just buy some fish and put um in I can't remember exactly what they wer of the top of my head but it was done today
Nitrate was slightly high aslong with ammonia I am putting 15 ml of water conditioner in everyday and doing another 25% water change on Thursday as I did one today and I did the water change then got the water tested it is also a 125 litre tank and I think it's the fluval v3
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Do you have the actual numbers for the tests? That would help.

It would be strange that nitrates would be high after 1 week, especially if ammonia is reading high. Have you read any articles yet on cycling and the nitrogen cycle? That would be a good start.

If ammonia a/o nitrite is testing at 0.5ppm or above, you need to perform a 50%+ pwc. While the tank is cycling you will probably need to do this at least once a day if you want the fish to survive. It sounds as if the ammonia is already impacting their health based on your description. The one swimming sideways probably won't be alive much longer I am afraid.
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I mean he can swim fine and he seems in good shape my friend had some and his stayed at bottom of the tank a lot and he said his had unusual sleeping habits aswell
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Sounds like you got it then, let us know how it goes.
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Will do tyvm for your speedy reply greatly appreciated just hope he's still with us when I wake up tommorow
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I was being facetious... the sarcasm meter was pegged to the right. Your fish aren't going to survive much longer if you don't heed the advice I posted above. You can wait for some other opinions if you like... but for further trouble shooting we need to know test results, tank size...

In the mean time, a 50% PWC now will help keep the fish alive another 12 hours or so I am guessing (depending on what the ammonia and nitrite readings are).
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Ok Would u recommend a 25% water change tommorow then 25% the following day ?
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No, I would recommend a 50% water change today, and a 50% water change tomorrow as well (for real, no sarcasm )
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