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Can someone help me out with this.

All my water paramounts have been fine for ages but today after
a water change last night they have gone a bit hay wire.

I did about 50% water change which i do once a week.

My water is very cloudy which is worring me a bit. The caribe seem fine
though.

Water readings now

Ammonia 3.0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 40
PH 6.0

What they were: Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 40-60
PH 6.5

Can someone explain what might be wrong and is there cause for concern?

Thanks in advance Rich.
 

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50% is quite extreme for once a week. Try waiting a week and do smaller changes, maybe 20% a week
Ok will try that. Why has my water gone cloudy and Ammonia shot up when
i only changed the water lastnight?
 

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50% is not extreme as long as the water changes are done consistently and the temp of the incoming water is close to the tank's. Did you do a gravel vac? Chances are, you are experiencing a bacteria bloom.
 

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50% is not extreme as long as the water changes are done consistently and the temp of the incoming water is close to the tank's. Did you do a gravel vac? Chances are, you are experiencing a bacteria bloom.
I try my best to keep the temp the same and regular water changes.
Yes i did a gravel vac as well which i always do the only thing i changed
was useing ammo lock instead of my useual tetra safe conditioner.

What should i do now and is a bacteria bloom dangerous?

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Can anyone help me i have been doing regular water changes but my ammonia
has still not gone to 0ppm? Ammonia is at 1.

Also my PH has droped to 6.0 from 6.6?

I have no idea what has happend as it has been perfect for such a long time.

Thanks for any input much appreciated.
 

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This may seem obvious, but are you using any kind of water conditioner to remove any chlorine or chloramine from the water? Are you using tap water?

I imagine that by doing 50% water change you have likely killed off some of the bacteria colony in your filter. Less bacteria equals less ammonia being converted into nitrite then into nitrate. When you knock off some the bacteria you are interupting the nitrogen cycle. In other words, you are casuing your tank to re-cycle.

I'd suggest that you reduce your weekly water changes to 10%
 

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Rich_UK said:
Can someone help me out with this.

All my water paramounts have been fine for ages but today after
a water change last night they have gone a bit hay wire.

I did about 50% water change which i do once a week.

My water is very cloudy which is worring me a bit. The caribe seem fine
though.

Water readings now

Ammonia 3.0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 40
PH 6.0

What they were: Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 40-60
PH 6.5

Can someone explain what might be wrong and is there cause for concern?

Thanks in advance Rich.

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Sounds like a loss of you bact. culture, or explosion either way its been disrupted. Its unlikeley that the cloudyness is due to particulate matter unless youve added or taken very large decore...so if youve already tried coagulants i would try something geared towards resotring the correct balance of your bacterrial culture.
 

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forgot.....50% is way too much unless the water source you collecting from is extremley consistant. I would reduce it to like 25% at least.
 

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This may seem obvious, but are you using any kind of water conditioner to remove any chlorine or chloramine from the water? Are you using tap water?
I always use aquasafe water conditioner on my tank but on this one occasion
i used ammo lock 2 and this is when i got the problem.

Sounds like a loss of you bact. culture, or explosion either way its been disrupted. Its unlikeley that the cloudyness is due to particulate matter unless youve added or taken very large decore...so if youve already tried coagulants i would try something geared towards resotring the correct balance of your bacterrial culture.
What can i use to kick start it again?
i have put some crushed coral in my filter to raise ph
because it is at 5.0 now.

Thanks for the help.
 

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Well apparently you ought stick with the aquasafe.

It sounds like your pH is going nuts. Are you sure that you are using the test kit correctly? Not to imply anything, we all make goofs ya know, its just that your pH seems like its crashing way to fast. Plus, I don't think that a loss of niterbacteria is going to make your water that acidic.

Check the pH of your water source. If it's good, do a 10% water change daily. Check your pH before and after the next few water changes to see what happens. Don't try to change the pH too rapidly,I know it's happening anyway, but you want to avoid pH shock to the fish.

Good luck, and let us know what happens.
 

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Check the pH of your water source. If it's good, do a 10% water change daily. Check your pH before and after the next few water changes to see what happens. Don't try to change the pH too rapidly,I know it's happening anyway, but you want to avoid pH shock to the fish.
Thanks for the help Bluegill my tap water is 7.0 and has always been
that way. I have added a hand full of coral to one of my filters so that
it dosent shock them.

Checked both my filters and there is no food stuck in them or in the
tank.

GH 120 KH 10 This is what i found my tank at.

If theres anything else you can think of that might be of help
please let me know.

Thanks a million.
Rich.
 

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I'm at a loss, I don't know what to tell you. Do you have an asshole for a roommate that might pour his malt vinegar into your tank instead of his fish and chips?

Get some pH buffer, add it slowly while doing small (10%) frequent and regular (daily) water changes. Keep testing the water, and hope for the best. If it doen't stabilize, I'd think about setting up another tank (hospital) to house your P while you clean out that acid bath.

Good luck, and let us know what happens.
 
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