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Please help I'm about to give up on fishes

Discussion in 'Freshwater Newbie Forum' started by Ashley33, Apr 16, 2017.

  1. Ashley33

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    Hi. I've been having trouble with tank.. I have a 15yr old pleco.that I've had for ever also a little spotted catfish plus three cichlids. Not really sure what kind. But I really have a hard time with water parameters. Everything is fine but the nitrates are way to high.. I've tried everything.. Water changes every week which I still do. To chemicals to new media.. In the tank I have aquarium fake rocks. Sand. And driftwood. I have two hob filters both are for 75 gal tanks. Which mines is 65 gal. I really only use seachem products besides there food.. I don't know why my water is completely off. And it has a slight yellow color to it.. Please help. I love my fish and none so far have died. But they don't even really swim around anymore
     
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    OK, have you tested you sink water for Nitrates? It could be where your Nitrates are coming from.

    The yellow water maybe from your drift wood, tannic. It is OK, but just makes you water yellow. You can run some carbon to remove, but the carbon must be replaced every month, they do not last very long.
     
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    What's 'way too high'?

    You might want to consider adding plants. If you don't have the lighting to have them in the tank, consider something like spider plants or pathos added to the top of the HOB filter. They will help remove nitrates.
     
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    How much water do you change each week? That's a very good habit to get into! I try not to bother changing 1/3 (or more) water each time.

    Very easy plants include java ferns & anubias (both attached to wood or rock). They don't fix everything but can help.

    OrionGirl & tanker asked good questions. We'd like exact numbers for any & all your tests so we can better help you. Also, how big is your 15 yo pleco? (they poop a lot, lol). Are you able vacuum the poo out during WCs? That'd be good! Post up a pic or 3 if you can.
     

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