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This weekend I began to loose my Blue Rams. I lost 3 out of 4 (4th one
seems to be okay). Yesterday I took the last (dead) one in for the LFS guy
to look at. To make a long story short, I'm treating my entire 75 gallon
tank with Tetra Cure and Disco-Worm.
One of these products kills your biological filter (maybe both but the Tetra
Cure contains formaldehyde). Today I went home to check on things, notice
the water was cloudy and fish were gasping and the pH had sunk about .3. My
heart sunk as well. In a panic, I shut off the CO2, threw in an airstone,
diverted my powerheads output up to cause surface agitation. I used my
LaMotte CO2 testkit, CO2 was below 20ppm. Now I knew I was in trouble
(because it wasn't CO2). With trembling hands I reached for my ammonia test
kit. 8 drops later and I saw a faint yellow in the test tube.
I decided to 'shoot now, ask questions later' and added 7ml of Seachem's
Prime to de-tox the ammonia. After a few minutes, this seemed to calm most
of the fish down.
My question is, how can I handle ammonia during this time? I've only dosed
one time on the Disco-Worm and have to dose two more times this week
(Wednesday and Friday). One more day for the Tetra Cure. If I perform
partial water changes I'll be removing my medication. After I put in the
Prime, I made a call to the LFS (Chris had warned me about watching the
ammonia). He told me not to add any Ammo-Lock (which I didn't have, but I
knew the Prime de-toxed ammonia), but to change water instead.
Should I buy some of those white-rock things that soak up ammonia? I'm
I have two Apisto. borellii that were suffering before all of this happened
(the other two seem to be fine so far). Talk about adding insult to injury.
I expect to find them dead when I get home.
Your wisdom and experience are waiting for open ears. I thank you,
Kelly Beard, Cat IV, Team Allanti
President, Allanti Cycling Club - http://www.allanti.com
I/T, IBM Global Services