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10-06-2012, 04:57 PM #11
second that ^
there really isn't such a thing as to much of a water change, unless you remove all of it and leave your fish lying in the gravel...that is too much.
I just did an 85% change thursday....and it actually was the best thing for my tank:
cleared up the water, helped get rid of my diatoms, and help with a baby spike in ammonia.
fish are happy, fine and enjoy the fresh water, as do my plants, so that wasn't close too much. I left about 3inches of water in the tank...just enough for all the fish to be able to get around still and get stressed by it.
10-06-2012, 05:37 PM #12
The first day I set up my canister I about killed all my fish because I had the nozzle underwater too far. You do not need a splash but you do need to break up the surface tension. Water needs to move about in order to let oxygen in.
You can change as much water as you want as long as you replace it with the same temp as you remove and add your dechoorinator before adding the new water. I agree you need to leave buffers alone. If your pH needs to be raised, do it naturally with a few shells. An uncycled tank never has a pH that is reliable. Test the water from your tap before making any changes.
Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 10-06-2012 at 05:40 PM.
10-06-2012, 05:42 PM #13
I'm so glad I spotted this thread. I just adjusted the nozzled and spray bar on my 90. I have 2 air bubblers going for additional aeration but I've been worried about surface movement. One of my dwarf Gourami's had been hanging out around the top of the water. That should have been a tipoff. As soon as I adjusted both the spray bar and the nozzles to create more surface agitation, he became more lively.
Jeez ... despite all my best intentions, there are so many opportunities to kill fish without even trying
Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 10-08-2012 at 04:13 PM.
10-07-2012, 09:50 AM #14
0Originally Posted by fishmommie
Gouramis are labyrinth fishes and top dwellers. They can (also) breathe oxygen directly and being top dwellers its not surprising they stay closer to the water surface. I would be more worried if my mid or bottom dwellers started coming up to the surface. Here's something from the AC on gouramis -
10-07-2012, 01:56 PM #15
Hey - thanks for the input. I realize that they normally dwell toward the top as I've had these guys for almost 9 months. This behavior was excessive. Adjusting the spraybar and the power heads has helped. And thanks for the link. appreciate it.
Last edited by Lady Hobbs; 10-08-2012 at 04:12 PM.
10-07-2012, 06:30 PM #16
0Originally Posted by 850R
10-07-2012, 06:44 PM #17
0Originally Posted by Santiago
10-07-2012, 06:52 PM #18
I have to ask: You did dechlor the water right?
So . . . They magically determined your TDS water parameters over the phone? Those people are good.
Lets be perfectly clear: Considering the pH and filter issues you have been having, Unless your source water is SERIOUSLY out of whack . . . Something else was going on.
I seriously suspect that the 50% WC had more to do with the improvement of your fish than anything else mentioned in the scenario above.
I never do less than 40% each week and many people here change >%50 weekly.
Many also [Myself included] use no salt whatsoever in fresh water tanks on a regular basis, It's commonly only used as a treatment.
Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.
A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.
10-07-2012, 09:35 PM #19
Yes it's a mystery. Zero on amonia nitrates nitrites and 6.6 PH
Aquarium has been established 3 years. Was not temperature shock because they kept dying 2 days after the change. Hmmm...
10-07-2012, 09:50 PM #20
0Originally Posted by Santiago
Any chance you forgot to use water conditioner?
Did you clean your filter media in tap water and possibly lose your cycle?
Just reaching for ideas here.
Also - I read back to your first post. it appears you set up a new filter on this tank? Are you still using the old one while this new filter gets seeded? If not, that could be your problem. You no longer have an established tank. You're starting from scratch and doing a brand new cycle.
And if your water is reading 0 on everything ... was that before or after a W/C. If after, you're still cycling...
BUT - none of that is applicable if you're still using a fully seeded filter along with your new one.
Can you tell us your filter situation?