Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Mazeus, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Mazeus

    MazeusWell Known MemberMember

    Hello all,

    This morning I awoke to find my fish looking quite distressed. I immediately checked the water and I had 1ppm annomia, 0 nitrites, somewhere between 10-20 nitrates. I did an immediate 50% water change and dosed the tank with prime.

    I checked again this afternoon and I have 0.5ppm annomia, 0.25 nitrite, 20 nitrate.

    My tank stocking is as follows:
    15g (57L)
    10 chili rasbora
    2 sparkling gourami
    1 mystery snail
    also some gourami fry and pest snails.

    I have moved most of the fry to a 5g (which is also still cycling)

    I added the snail this week, everything else in the tank has been there for 3 weeks to 1+ months. I had a snail food incident, where I made homemade snail gel food and it just desolved in the water releasing food particles everywhere (learnt my leasson, always follow a recipe!). I suspect this has a lot to do with my sudden mini cycle.

    I am correct in thinking that I haven't lost BB, rather I have overloaded the BB and they need some time to grow to meet the demand of the tank?

    I plan on daily water changes with Prime and Stability. Does this sound like the best course of action?

    Many thanks
  2. Fanatic

    FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    Yes, daily water change, and dose the stability along with prime.
  3. Mom2some

    Mom2someWell Known MemberMember

    Sounds like you are on top of it! Yes to daily water checks & changes as needed. Sounds like a nice little community!
  4. OP

    MazeusWell Known MemberMember

    Thank! I had a bit of a panic, I have never intended to a fish-in cycle, now I have two running at the same time! Fish are all still alive and look happy.

    2 hours after this morning's water change and I have 0ppm annomia (hoorah!), 0.5ppm nitrite, 20 nitrate. Getting there. Thank goodness for Prime!