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Old 01-05-2016, 01:44 AM   #11
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1 invest in a much larger aquarium. 2 it seems like you may be in a constant cycle due to all the chronic maintenance. Test your water regularly and maybe change water every two weeks or once a month.

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Changing your water often doesn't affect the cycle at all, changing less water would just make the nitrates go crazy. If anything do bigger weekly water changes. The tank can't be in a constant cycle, the water parameters show that the tank is cycled.
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Thank you for the all your comments.

I shall not be adding anymore fish, but may I ask how many you would consider the max. The original store where I purchased the tank suggested I could have up to 20 small fish. Even I thought this was too much, however the store I have used most recently thought 12-14 so long as my water quality was fine, which it seems to be.

It may well be overstocking, however even when I only had half a dozen fish, I still had random deaths. I shall continue with my weekly water changes for the time being as my parameters are ok and I don't want my nitrates to build up. I shall however up my water testing to double check that there is no cycling going on.

As for the poop, my livebearers have always had a tendency for stringy poop, but usually greeny. The only time they have white poop is when I've put one of those white holiday blocks in whilst I've been away. May I ask what problem does 'whitish stringy poop' suggest?
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Poop can come out like a string, but white to clear stringy poo can be a couple things, most often internal parasites. That doesn't seem to be a problem for you.
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Thank you for that. I shall keep a note for future reference.
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It's been about a month now since my original post and I'm pleased to say that I've had no further deaths. All my water parameters are ok and all seems well.
I'll continue to do my current maintenance and fingers crossed everything will continue to be good.

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It's been about a month now since my original post and I'm pleased to say that I've had no further deaths. All my water parameters are ok and all seems well.
I'll continue to do my current maintenance and fingers crossed everything will continue to be good.

Many thanks to everyone for all their advice.
Yay! Yeah it can take a little time for the water to just get in sync. My water had really high pH readings for a while. My fish like that. But it has slowly come down to a normal reading on its own. Which is nice. Just patience and time.

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