Issues With Cycling

  1. Misstubbytubtub

    Misstubbytubtub Valued Member Member

    I really don't know what else is happening but ever since my filter crashed, it's been cycling. Now I just noticed one of my fishes (Black moor) has 3 cotton dots on him that I suspect is ich. I just noticed this yesterday and did an immediate 25% PWC. I have been doing 50%-75% water changes everyday or every other day for the last 3 weeks as I was advised to do so ever since my filter crashed. 50% for 2 consecutive days and if I skip, 75%.

    Water parameters for the last 3 days:
    May 25: 75% PWC
    Dose of prime
    Dose of stress zyme in filter
    No test

    May 26: 25% PWC
    Dose of prime
    Salt added for 55 gallons
    Temp increase from 20C to 25C overnight

    May 27: Dose of prime
    Cotton spots still there
    Temp currently at 25C and trying to get it to 30C
    Nitrite: 0ppm
    Nitrate: 0ppm
    Ammonia: 0.25 ppm
    pH: 6.4

    Before this, my pH stayed constant at around 6.8 to 6.6 and I was trying to increase it with water changes. Now it's lower and I don't know if it's because of the salt in the tank. Also, my nitrate was always present and consistent at 5-10 ppm. And now it is 0 ppm. I don't know what happened to it. I don't know if the salt is effecting my like this. I normally don't add salt unless I absolutely need to and I thought yesterday was necessary because I wanted to get the ich out before it spread.

    I plan on doing a 50% percent water change today (May 27th). But I dont know what else I should do. I have a bottle of melafix but I don't want to use any medication until absolutely necessary. It is pricey and I heard it doesn't help with the tank. I do have a driftwood in my tank and I heard that can lower pH.

    Is there anything else I can do?
     
  2. Goldiemom

    Goldiemom Well Known Member Member

    Are you dosing with Prime? If so, you may want decrease the water changes and see if the bacteria can all catch up and get the cycle going again. Dose with Prime daily to protect the fish.
     
  3. OP
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    Misstubbytubtub

    Misstubbytubtub Valued Member Member

    So dose prime only without the water changes for the next few days? Have I been changing too much? I dose prime in the tank before I fill it with water.