Well, it's not going so well, here is a recap from the beginning:
New 72g bowfront, 3 inches of flourite put in 3 weeks ago, 20+ live plants planted the 13th, fish added with 3 oz bio-spira on the 14th. Lost a few neons and serpae to start (came from one source shipped, possible stress) but all others from my old tank and the other sources were doing fine. 78F, 7.6 ph
, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, 10 nitrate. Looked like the bio-spira worked. Then I noticed a red-eye with a half dozen ich spots the 18th, who was quickly removed.
Here are the tank inhabitants:
20+ live plants
1 2.5" gold nugget pleco
5 1.5" clown loaches
4 albino cories (1 full grown, 3 babies)
2 1.5" otos
3 neon tetras
8 glo-light tetras
8 red-eye tetras
3 sword tails
a few guppy fry (one of the guppy ladies REALLY liked the new tank! )
Started Rid-Ich+ with water change the 19th & 20th, saw no other fish with any Ich, and did not treat the 21st, as the instructions said 3 days without problems to stop . At this point on a water test I saw slight increases in the Nitrite levels (0.5) & Nitrate (20), as well as an increase of green algae on the glass & driftwood.
Came home this evening, the 21st.......1 clown loach dead (not unexpected, only 5 of the 6 were really active, one always hid) as well as one oto. Nitrites up to 1.0, Ammonia up slightly (0.5-1.0), remaining clown loaches look lethargic, one looks pale with small white spots.....more ich. I've also got a male swordtail who had an injured fin that is now turning into finrot (sp?). Rest of the fish look ok, the glolights seem to look a little duller that usual, but that just might be me. KH
(100) and GH
(75) have stayed constant.
I immediately changed 10% of water and restarted RI+. The RI+ always seems to liven up the livebearers, I'm figuring the salt in the RI+ is doing that.
My dilemma: what now? Obviously the RI+ is affecting the bacteria of the tank, as is evidenced by the ammo/nitrite/nitrate changes, so how can I combat that? More bio-spira? Continue the RI+, or swap to the heat treatment in combo with new bio-spira to combat nitrite/nitrate changes?
I'm open to suggestions..... can go to the local PetSuppliesPlus in the morning, they are fairly well stocked with treatments.
Thanks in advance,