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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 8:03 pm

Forgot to mention I also added 14 tablespoons of Epsom salt Friday.
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby DJRansome » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:05 pm

Epsom salt caused the GH swing...that is it's purpose. Don't add so much all at once. None of those things should have caused ammonia.
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 8:00 am

I'll do a 25% (or bigger?) water change today after work and check parameters afterwards.
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1 Brichardi, 1 Daffodil, 1 Olivaceous,
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1 Ancistrus Sp. Pleco
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby DJRansome » Mon Mar 20, 2017 4:55 pm

The reading looks like .5 to me so I would change 50%.
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Mon Mar 20, 2017 6:54 pm

DJRansome wrote:The reading looks like .5 to me so I would change 50%.


Hi DJ, just saw your post. I did a 40% water change 30 mins ago and my Gh dropped to 17 from 24 and Kh to 6.

As for the Ammonia, this is starting to worry me a bit now. I always had 0 ammonia so I'm not sure what has happened. Here is a picture I just took. All 4 are ammonia tests.

First vial is my tap water. 2nd vial is a test done right after a 40% water change and 95% refill, 3rd vial is after I added stress coat + and full refill, 4th vial is a test before the water change.

Nitrite is at 0ppm and Nitrate 20ppm. What the heck am I doing wrong? I feed them at the most 2 times a day for 2-3 minutes each time.

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8 Kigoma Frontosas, 1 Burundi Frontosa, 2 Leleupi
1 Brichardi, 1 Daffodil, 1 Olivaceous,
1 Dickfieldi, 1 Regani, 1 Transcriptus
1 Blue Dolphin, 1 Jewel, 1 Green Texas Cichlid
1 Ancistrus Sp. Pleco
Fluval 1500 140 Gallon Aquarium
Empty 60 Gallon Aquarium
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby DJRansome » Mon Mar 20, 2017 9:22 pm

Feed 30 seconds. But either way, the beneficial bacteria should be able to process that ammonia within 24 hours. IDK why you are getting ammonia. Look for some hidden debris that could be rotting. What about cleaning the filters?
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Re: Help me setup a 130 Gallon Cichlid Aquarium

Postby easywolf31 » Sat Mar 25, 2017 7:15 pm

Did a 50% + water change 2 or 3 days ago followed by another 30% today. It's looking lighter and not reappearing at the same rate after a water change. I'll do a few more and everything should be running smooth after. Hopefully.

The right vial is the Ammonia level pre water change. Middle vial is right after the water change. Left is just PH. Will check again in 48hrs and maybe do a 20-25% water change in 3-5 days?

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8 Kigoma Frontosas, 1 Burundi Frontosa, 2 Leleupi
1 Brichardi, 1 Daffodil, 1 Olivaceous,
1 Dickfieldi, 1 Regani, 1 Transcriptus
1 Blue Dolphin, 1 Jewel, 1 Green Texas Cichlid
1 Ancistrus Sp. Pleco
Fluval 1500 140 Gallon Aquarium
Empty 60 Gallon Aquarium
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