Go Back   Aquarium Advice - Aquarium Forum Community > Freshwater > Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish
Click Here to Login

Join Aquarium Advice Today
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com
 
Old 02-15-2005, 06:23 PM   #1
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 1,255
Send a message via AIM to Rach101
Mysterious fish deaths no longer mysterious

My mom got me a amonnia tester for valentines day <3! And it turns out.... its 8.0.. I did two 50% water changes, and two 15% water changes with treated water and it didnt go down at all. How do i get it to go down?
__________________

__________________
We are far to young and clever
-too* in retrospect the irony hurts
Rach101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 06:35 PM   #2
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fluff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 11,423
Wow, that's extemely high. What type of test kit did you get? I use a Aquarium Phamaceuticals kit and some of the low ammonia levels can be hard to determine but certainly not an 8. Another thing that makes me suspicious is that you've done four water changes without any changes. I'd be more apt to thing maybe there is a problem with the test kit.
__________________

__________________
~Cindy
Fluff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 06:39 PM   #3
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 1,255
Send a message via AIM to Rach101
Thats what i have.. You take the testube, fill it up with 5 ml then add 8 drops of one solution, then 8 more drops. shake, and wait for five minutes. its always come out this really deep dark green color/
__________________
We are far to young and clever
-too* in retrospect the irony hurts
Rach101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 06:42 PM   #4
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fluff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 11,423
Wow. 8O
Try testing the water before you add it to the tank, just to be sure that your tap is ok. Other than that, all I can suggest is to keep up with the water changes. It will eventually have to come down.
__________________
~Cindy
Fluff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 06:45 PM   #5
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 1,255
Send a message via AIM to Rach101
well ive been doing daily water changes (( 15%)) every day since you told me to.. Plus on the weekends ive been doing 50%...x.x my declorinater is almost out x.x;;;;
__________________
We are far to young and clever
-too* in retrospect the irony hurts
Rach101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 06:58 PM   #6
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 1,255
Send a message via AIM to Rach101
!!! If i put too much tank water would that cause it to be so high. I think my ml measuring cup is wrong... cause i just thought about it.. the cup says a 5 ml's is like.. in the test tube about... 3 inches... up... but a ml... isnt that big is it..
__________________
We are far to young and clever
-too* in retrospect the irony hurts
Rach101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:02 PM   #7
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fluff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 11,423
Ohhh, I thought you meant you had just done that many water changes. Shew. LOL Ok. How many water changes have you done since you got the test kit? You might have to up that percentage to help get the ammonia down. I realize the dechlorinator is almost gone but, this is just one hurdle to get over. There will be others before your tank settles down and you can relax. For the sake of your fish, the water changes are necessary. All that aside, is it possible there is something that died behind or under something that you just aren't seeing and this could be adding to your issues? Are all your fish accounted for? Just a thought.
__________________
~Cindy
Fluff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:05 PM   #8
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fluff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 11,423
As long as your filling the test tube to the white line, your not overdoing or underdoing the water amount. I have a syringe that I use to fill my tubes and it is right on the 5ml mark.
__________________
~Cindy
Fluff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:14 PM   #9
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 1,255
Send a message via AIM to Rach101
yep... its still 8. then... .. And I did do that many water changes...
Quote:
I did two 50% water changes, and two 15% water changes with treated water and it didnt go down at all.
Quote:
well ive been doing daily water changes (( 15%)) every day since you told me to.. Plus on the weekends ive been doing 50%...x.x my declorinater is almost out x.x;;;;
__________________
We are far to young and clever
-too* in retrospect the irony hurts
Rach101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:15 PM   #10
RoK
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 2,490
Send a message via AIM to RoK Send a message via MSN to RoK
Re: Mysterious fish deaths no longer mysterious

Quote:
Originally Posted by Rach101
My mom got me a amonnia tester for valentines day <3! And it turns out.... its 8.0.. I did two 50% water changes, and two 15% water changes with treated water and it didnt go down at all. How do i get it to go down?
Well, it's possible you're not using enough dechlorinator. What kind of dechlorinator are you using? When and over what period of time did you do these water changes? If you did all those in one day, you shouldn't do that much at all. The fish have to get used to a lot of new water and it causes stress.
__________________
Current fish (includes all 3 running tanks): Polypterids, severums (of which I raised from eggs), gouramis, plecos (gold spot ones & a gurupa), loaches (zebras, yoyos, & a kubotai), macculocchi spotted silver dollars, an African butterfly fish, & Ctenopomas (a leopard & an ansorgii)
RoK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:16 PM   #11
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 1,255
Send a message via AIM to Rach101
Ive had two fish die within one weeks time... But i removed them immediatly.. they were in there... about 6 hours tops... (( assuming they died as soon as i went to sleep ))
__________________
We are far to young and clever
-too* in retrospect the irony hurts
Rach101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:18 PM   #12
AA Team Emeritus
 
Jchillin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: New York, NY (The Big Apple)
Posts: 14,951
Rach, have you been testing for nitrates and nitrites also? If yes, what were the results?
As you know, nitrites are toxic and high nitrates are toxic also. I can't remember but how long has your tank been cycled?
__________________
_________________________________
Jchillin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:20 PM   #13
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fluff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 11,423
Are you using any other chemicals like ammonia block? That can screw up your readings.
__________________
~Cindy
Fluff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:23 PM   #14
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 1,255
Send a message via AIM to Rach101
Nah.. And i dont have other testers... Im gonna get em soon though. i get 2 bucks for lunch... so five days= new tester.
__________________
We are far to young and clever
-too* in retrospect the irony hurts
Rach101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:26 PM   #15
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 1,255
Send a message via AIM to Rach101
~ coughs... ~ ....cycled....? ~ fits of coughing ~
__________________
We are far to young and clever
-too* in retrospect the irony hurts
Rach101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:29 PM   #16
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fluff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 11,423
Man, don't do without lunch. You can take your water to the lfs and have them test it. Most of them do it for free. I guess that will only work if they are close by though. I really don't know what else to suggest. Just be diligent with the water changes like you have been. Hopefully there will be a change soon.
__________________
~Cindy
Fluff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:32 PM   #17
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fluff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 11,423
How long has your tank been set up total Rach?
If you never cycled, that explains some of what you are experiencing. Especially with your big bioload.
__________________
~Cindy
Fluff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:33 PM   #18
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 1,255
Send a message via AIM to Rach101
it was set up after christmas. about.. 2 days.. Then about a week or two later i got three fish... waited about three weeks then got more and so on.
__________________
We are far to young and clever
-too* in retrospect the irony hurts
Rach101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:35 PM   #19
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Location: Fargo, ND
Posts: 1,255
Send a message via AIM to Rach101
Sides.. the lunch ladies lace the food with arsenic.. i swear they do!
__________________
We are far to young and clever
-too* in retrospect the irony hurts
Rach101 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-15-2005, 07:42 PM   #20
Aquarium Advice Addict
 
Fluff's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: West Virginia
Posts: 11,423
Well, your tanks been set up plenty long enough to be cycled so I don't understand it. I don't know what else to suggest. Did you test your tap water? Just in case?
__________________

__________________
~Cindy
Fluff is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
deaths, eat, fish death, long, rio

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on AquariumAdvice.com

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Mysterious repeated fish deaths rootbeer Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 12 09-23-2009 12:59 AM
Mysterious Fish Deaths cloudgazer Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 8 05-09-2009 04:54 PM
More Mysterious Fish Deaths -- Can't figure this out cvuturo Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 3 04-30-2007 02:14 PM
Mysterious deaths of fish and plants looking terrible YourPalCM Freshwater & Brackish - Unhealthy Fish 2 04-14-2007 10:09 AM
Mysterious Fish deaths.. muzanji Saltwater & Reef - Getting Started 8 08-22-2003 08:31 PM







» Photo Contest Winners







All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.