Thank you for the welcome and advice. I'm hoping the water change today will get everything back the way it should be.
Everyone is looking more like they did before the crisis, I just hope it didn't stress them to the point they won't recover. I was worried doing all the water changes might stress them as well, but I know they need the fresh,clean water. I'll do another one before bed tomorrow and keep hoping for the best.
I have to agree with you about the bacterial suppliments, I no longer trust them and have even mentioned the problems I've had to my LFS
. I even went so far as to call the customer service line and complain. I know it will not go anywhere, but I felt a bit better telling them their products suck.
I use the API strips for all my tanks and I did notice on the bottle of ammo-lock it said it would give false readings, but I could smell it in the tank water so I knew it was an issue.
I have a bendable bubble wand that I just put in there. I know circulation and filtration isn't much of a problem. I installed the new filter earlier this week so now the both are running with ammo-carb medium. My UGF
has ammo-carb heads too. I use all the same things for the other tanks, but they cleared up a lot quicker. I think that had something to do with using the AquaSafe conditioner with bacteria. Never again! I dumped all that stuff down the drain.
I'll keep my post up to date with what's going on with the cichlids. Hopefully by the end of the month I will have it level again and can replace my poor pictus one at a time.