Tss One Week Later

jwde2009

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Hi all,

One week ago I used most of a bottle of TSS rated for 200 gallons in my 20 gallon. I then added three honey gourami. One week later:
Temp 76.5
PH 7.2~
Ammonia: 4, possibly even 8 (hard to read)
Nitrite and nitrate: 0

My fish haven't eaten in the week they've been home. Just to make sure I'm doing the right thing, I'm going to do a huge water change (maybe 3 5 gallon buckets but not at once), test for ammonia, and when it's below 1ppm wait 24 hours and use more TSS (bought from a different store). Is this my best plan right now?
 

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Usually you’re supposed to let TSS go for two full weeks. But was your ammonia high when you started? If it was above 3/4ppm then it would’ve just killed the bacteria in the bottle
 

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Use TSS+, not TSS.

I would do 3 5g buckets at once. Refill slowly over an hour time period. Then another 2 buckets an hour later. That should bring your ammonia down to >1ppm. Wait 24h and dose with TSS+. Shake the bottle really well. Dose 25ml per 10g so 50ml for your 20g tank.
 

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1. Did you use TSS or TSS+?
2. Please test your source water for ammonia & report the results.
3. It was my understanding that TSS+ messed with ammonia test results, but I would be surprised to have it this far off a week I.
4. Re-test the tank for ammonia, Nitrite & nitrate following the directions precisely.
5. How do the fish look?
 
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It is TSS+. The fish seem fine otherwise but they're not eating. I had started a fishless cycle before TSS+ so it did have some ammonia. I only have two buckets and it's taking forever to heat the first one up or I would do a 100% water change
 

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jwde2009 said:
It is TSS+. The fish seem fine otherwise but they're not eating. I had started a fishless cycle before TSS+ so it did have some ammonia. I only have two buckets and it's taking forever to heat the first one up or I would do a 100% water change
When I do a water change, I run my tap water until it is the same temperature as my tank. I check it with an instant read digital meat thermometer, letting the water run at first into a plastic cup. When it gets to the right temperature, then I fill my bucket. I add Prime as it fills. Then I'm ready with temperature matched conditioned water to refill my tank. Hope that helps!
 

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So you added fish to a tank that already had ammonia ? How much ammonia do you think? I have to say my python water changer has been my best investment in my tank since it dramatically reduces the labor of water changes.
 

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I bought 5g bucket in three's. I had 9 but when I was at Lowe's, they had a new, beefier designed bucket so I picked up 3 more so I have 12 now . I use some to hold old gravel and decorations, sand, potting mix soaked, etc. They're also great for soaking new driftwood for a few days/weeks. I also have a Brute 32g trash can that I use to fill my 75g for water changes. I'm not a fan of pumping water directly into any tank from a faucet. I fill the Brute and treat (usually Prime) and use a infrared thermometer to match tank temps. My FX4 has a utility valve that can suck water from the trash can but I also have a 550gph pump for my other tanks. I have a few 25' 1/2" hoses to drain/fill my tanks.
 

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Can you use some of the media from your other tanks to help jump start the cycle on this tank?
 
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