How Can It Be A Water Issue???

Goldiemom

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OK Gang, Goldiemom is asking for advice with her goldfish. I never have health issues with my Goldie’s. Last week my black moor had popeye. I’m still treating with Kanaplex but it’s getting better. Tonight I noticed that my calico has curling Gill cover. Both problems sited water quality as a reason. I change my water on Weds. with about 50% and Sunday’s I do tank cleaning, vac substrate, swish filter if needed in tank water, etc. I tested tonight with API kit and ammonia was 1.0 after just cleaning yesterday. I feed twice daily. Maybe I’m feeding too much? Can Kanaplex affect ammonia? Can anything be done for Curling Gill Cover? This has been a bad fish month.
 

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Since kanaplex is supposed to kill bacteria i would guess it would also kill off the bacteria in your filter. Never used it myself but that would by guess.
 

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i read threw a couple of the threads that popped up and it sounded like it didn't completely kill their cycles but made a dent in it.
 
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Just googled “ will Kanaplex hurt my nitrogen cycle” and everything I pulled up said “no”. I read a number of articles. I think I did figure it out though when reading one article. I have been running my filters without carbon for some time after reading that other members didn’t use it. The article said that can cause a spike because the carbon absorbs ammonia. So thank you anyway for the lead!
 
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CraniumRex said:
Sorry you're having issues! Have you tested your water out of the tap? Just a thought.
I have not but will right now. Thanks!
 

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Carbon won't absorb your ammonia, but it'll absorb your medicine. Honestly, with 3 goldies and a pleco in a 55, I wouldn't be surprised at the ammonia. I know yours are relatively small, and I don't believe you're overstocked, but goldies and plecos are both prolific poopers.
 
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