Help Please!!!!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Nicole B, Apr 25, 2018.

  1. Nicole B

    Nicole B Valued Member Member

    We just moved everything over from our 10 gallon to our new 20.. we added in tank water and tap water.. did we ruin all of our BB? We treated it with prime after it was in the tank.. we had small buckets that treating them all was too complicated. My boyfriend started The filter with our old media before we treated with prime.. im freaking out that we lost all our BB and have to start over... help!!!
     
  2. AquaticJ

    AquaticJ Fishlore VIP Member

    How long were the filters running without Prime?
     
  3. OP
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    Nicole B

    Nicole B Valued Member Member

    Not long. less than a minute
     




  4. AquaticJ

    AquaticJ Fishlore VIP Member

    Highly doubt it killed all of your bacteria, even if it killed some it would rebound quickly.
     
  5. OP
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    Nicole B

    Nicole B Valued Member Member

    What about in the substrate?
     
  6. AquaticJ

    AquaticJ Fishlore VIP Member

    95% of the bacteria is in your filter anyway. I think you're totally fine.
     
  7. OP
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    Nicole B

    Nicole B Valued Member Member

    When would be a good time to test the water?
     
  8. AquaticJ

    AquaticJ Fishlore VIP Member

    About 24 hours, and then again 24 hours after that.
     
  9. OP
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    Nicole B

    Nicole B Valued Member Member

    Ok! We tested before I saw your message and we read
    .50 ammonia 0 nitrite 5 nitrate
    Will test again tomorrow. Hoping for good news. We are freaked out over the BB
     
  10. AquaticJ

    AquaticJ Fishlore VIP Member

    I'd be concerned if you had run bleach through your filter for less than a minute, but watered down tap water? Not concerned! You're probably getting .50 ammonia reading from mixing up the gravel and water.
     
  11. OP
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    Nicole B

    Nicole B Valued Member Member

    That makes me feel better! Yeah it was mixed in with tank water so idk why I’m freaking out so much. We just worked so hard to get cycled that scared we now lost it. We also have 1.0 ammonia in our tap so I’m not suprised the ammonia is .50
     
  12. AquaticJ

    AquaticJ Fishlore VIP Member

    The amount of chlorine in most tap water is pretty low to begin with. Don't sweat it.
     
  13. OP
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    Nicole B

    Nicole B Valued Member Member

    Good to know I’m just over reacting! Thank you!
     
  14. Hunter1

    Hunter1 Well Known Member Member

    Best of luck and I agree with the others.
     
  15. OP
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    Nicole B

    Nicole B Valued Member Member

    Today fish aren’t eating like normal and snails not moving. Haven’t since we put them in there last night. Any idea?
     
  16. a

    all-out-fallout Valued Member Member

    It could be that they’re all just processing the move. Sure, they weren’t put in bags (that I know of) like they were on the way home from your LFS, but switching from one habitat to another will always be somewhat stressful for fish. How long has it been since the change? Also I know my snail didn’t like to move much until the lights were out while he was adjusting to his new home.​
     
  17. OP
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    Nicole B

    Nicole B Valued Member Member

    It’s been about 12 hours. Our snails haven’t moved at all. Only a few have but they are all closed up now. How can you tell if they are dead? I’m not sure that is the case
     
  18. ColmC

    ColmC Valued Member Member

    I think your fish are just adjusting to the move, you did everything correctly by using the old filter media etc
     
  19. OP
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    Nicole B

    Nicole B Valued Member Member

    Thanks! I really hope we didn’t lose our cycle.
     
  20. Fanatic

    Fanatic Fishlore VIP Member

    I’ve gone through this before, and it did not crash my cycle. I did end up with some ammonia and nitrites in the water, but a water change solved that quickly.

    You probably did not harm your cycle, I think you’ll be fine.
     




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