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Old 06-13-2011, 10:16 AM   #1
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Unhappy Help my tank appears to be deathly

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I have a 7 month old, 6 gallon tank which I decided to start aquascaping on about 3 months ago. I took off my fish and moved them to another tank in order to be on the safe side. On the 6 gallon tank I have a Finnex PX 360 filter, since my plants weren't doing so great I updated my lighting to a retrofit Metal Halide light and the plants are awesome and healthy; however, I developed both hair algae and my water turns brown within a couple of hrs of doing a water change. To try and combat the free floating algae I installed 4 days ago a CORALIFE TURBO TWIST 3X 9 W UV Sterilizer and a Pacific Coast CL-85 Nano Thermal Chiller/Heater so the temperature would not fluctuate too much because of the high amount of light. I have been testing the water regularly using API master test kit and doing 20% weekly water change. My parameters are as follow:
pH: 6.8
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 0ppm
Temp: 73-74įF
Last night I introduced one of my black mollies to the tank and this morning it was dead, I tested my water again everything checked out like usual so I put one of my tetras in and it was fine for about 3 minutes and then started going to the surface gasping for air and turning vertically. Needless to say I took her out and she is happily swimming in my other tank. I really don't know what the heck is going on. Someone please help.
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:17 AM   #2
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What's the current stock of the tank?
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Old 06-13-2011, 10:19 AM   #3
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yeah..sadly that sounds like exactly what happened to most of the fish i stocked my tank with yesterday... they were all going to the top so i figured it was a lack of oxygen so i went out and got an air pump but that didnt help at all. all of the chemicals checked out fine before i added the fish but i had a huge ph and nitrate spike after adding them...im going to try a 50% water change to see if i can save the three that didnt die off..if anyone has any advice for us please help....i have african cichlids in my tank...a auratus and a jewel cichlid are still alive along with the pleco. everyone else didnt make it.
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Is there any chance of chemicals getting in the tank? What kind of testing are you using (liquid or strips)?
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none. I have nothing but my plants in it.
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How are you testing your water? (liquid or strips)
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no chemicals in the tank, no way of contamination since I don't directly introduce the testing vials into the tank. I use the liquid test kit which I have been told is more acurate.
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yep same here api liquid test kit..no i dont think i got test chemicals into the tank because i usually add them away from the tank. i just did a big water change so ill see how it goes.
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Did 100% water change yesterday, decided to cycle the whole tank again and added some good bacteria since nothing I was doing to it was solving the problem, lets hope that fixes it. Is there anything that tests oxygen level in aquariums?
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