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Re: He's not eating/can't eat :(

Subject: Re: He's not eating/can't eat :(
by Fishlady on 2012/10/18 14:43:27

OK, well aside from any other issues you need to do several huge water changes to get that ammonia down. It looks like there is no cycling happening in the tank at all with 0 nitrates since Monday. If your pH is down at 6 the cycle may have stalled completely and any bacteria you had may either have become dormant or died off completely. pH that low is a reasonable indicator that the carbonates in the water have been exhausted - without carbonates the bacteria are unable to "digest" ammonia or nitrite and starve to death. The ammonia in the water would account for his symptoms, at least in part, but may have additionally provoked a bacterial infection.

Let us know what the pH of the 24 hour sample is tomorrow, but for now get busy with the buckets and it may be a good idea to get an API kH/gH test kit as I'm pretty sure you're going to have to increase these to maintain a stable pH and biological cycle in the tank, and to provide sufficient water conductivity to balance the fish's fluid regulation system.