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Old 06-03-2013, 09:01 AM   #1
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Help with ammonia

Just tested water for ammonia here is what I found! (See pic)

I always get female guppies dying! I do water changes every 4 days or so . Fed up now with how to sort it out.

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Old 06-03-2013, 09:07 AM   #2
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A little more info is needed. You're ammonia looks non existent based on the pic or .25 at the most. What are your nitrite & nitrate readings? How old is the tank? What is the stocking; type & quantity of fish? Tank size? Filtration? How long have you had the fish? What water conditioner are you using? If you can provide more info we might be able to help you figure out why you're losing fish.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:23 AM   #3
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I have 7 cherry shrimps , 2 glo light tetra , 8 baby guppies and 5 adult guppies. 165 litre tank!
It's sand based and been set up about 6 months!

First pic is nitrate
Second is nitrite

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Old 06-03-2013, 01:40 PM   #4
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Your reading look like zeros across the board.


But that's probably due to such a small bioload in a larger tank.
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:00 PM   #5
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How can I reduce this
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:03 PM   #6
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Zero is as low as they go I don't think water quality is ur problem
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:06 PM   #7
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Then is it bioload? Just don't know what to do
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:12 PM   #8
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What filter is in your tank
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Do you use prime with your water changes? Possibly chlorine poisoning?
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Old 06-03-2013, 02:21 PM   #10
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I use conditioner on all my water changes and a small dose of nutracycle to help filter but a tiny amount
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Do you use prime with your water changes? Possibly chlorine poisoning?
You don't have to use Prime...

Also what gender are the guppies you have?
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What filter is in your tank ??
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2 male guppies and 4 females and not sure about the babies! The filter I use is the standard one that comes in an aqua one 850.
Not sure wht it's called. Hope this helps
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Is that the tank with the filter in the lid the filter system in those are supposed to be extremely good so I don't think it's filter related
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Is that the tank with the filter in the lid the filter system in those are supposed to be extremely good so I don't think it's filter related
If it is filter related issues we would be seeing spikes of either ammonia or nitrite. What are your nitrate readings? Those can be just as important as the ammonia or nitrite readings, especially since your water supply can contain large amounts of nitrates, especially when the farmers are fertilizing their fields.

How do the guppies act before they die? Are they floating at the top gasping? Are there any visible growths on them? Are they scratching against decorations?? Open wounds?
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They are at the top of the water for about a day and get really thin . Then end up dead.
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Yes it's the filter at the top with the 3 lids
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Do u have air pumps going into the tank
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Yes one at the back. It's a long one
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Old 06-03-2013, 04:39 PM   #20
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I've found that if fish are gulping at the surface it's lack of oxygen my air pump failed foe a night I lost 4 fish got a new one next day replaced fish and fine for months since
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