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fishay12

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All three are alive but are laying on the bottom and looked dead until I looked closely. Earlier they were all swimming around. I just got them today. Please help! can i save them?
 

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Ph is 7.4-5, Ammonia .75 which is about the same as my tap water. Nitrite and nitrate are 0. What do I do?
 

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Need a bit more info...

Are you sure your ammonia level is .75?? How are you testing your water? What test kit are you using?
.75 is way too high.


are there other fish in the tank?

How did you acclimate them when you added them to the tank?
 

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What test kit are you using? I did not think there was a color indicator for .75ppm ammonia on the API master kit, but if you are showing levels of ammonia and there is no conversion to nitrate (i.e. test readings are not showing nitrate or nitrite) then it seems like your tank is not cycled and your fish are suffering from ammonia poisoning. How did you cycle your tank or how long has it been established? I seem to remember reading a thread about you toying between the options of "fish-less" and "fish-in cycling". If you chose the latter then you better be doing daily 30% (bare minimum) water changes to keep ammonia levels down and fish alive.
 

fishay12

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I put in three cories with substrate from an already cycled tank. I guessed .75 because it is between .5 and 1 ppm. I am using the API master test kit. I would change water but there is chloramine in my tap water which is partially ammonium so when I change water it just adds ammonia or keeps the level the same. I acclimated them by floating the bag for 15-20 minutes, which I now realize is the wrong way to do it. I guess I could return them and wait. I will see if I can do that.
 

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API water conditioner or Seachem Prime will remove chloramines at a higher dose. You need to do WC until your tank is fully cycled.

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fishay12

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I am using aqueon water conditioner. It says it neutralizes chloramines. I also have seachem neutral regulator. It says it removes chloramine. Do I still need one of the ones you mentioned?
 
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