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#1 d3r

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 06:29 AM

Uh ohhh. Woke up this morning to find 2 of my rbp have cloudy white eyes.. almost looks like a thick white film.

the other 6reds are fine along with the pleco.
This is the first issue I've had in the almost 2yrs of owning them.

i recently did a big substrate change from gravel to sand.

thought it could be ammo burn but when using the API test kit..ammonia read 0ppm..

Haven't tested nitrites/nitrates yet..could they be a cause of this?

#2 d3r

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 07:24 AM

It appears my test kit has gone bad..tried testing nitrites and it stayed clear...those of you familiar with the kit know the solution is blue and turns purple from there.

nitrates read 5.0ppm however who knows if that's accurate considering the other test is off.

it seems to have cleared up a little on its own..its probably 70% better since I've posted this...wtf..I'm confused.

#3 d3r

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 07:31 AM

Actually the nitrate is probably accurate..i bought that test a few months ago separate from the others.

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Posted 12 October 2014 - 11:11 AM

Check ammonia levels..


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Posted 12 October 2014 - 09:18 PM

Still getting better?

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:04 PM

Yea its still slowly improving.. there's a faint "film" if you really look.. but seems to be getting better.

I've been insanely busy these last few days (no sleep in 48hrs) so i haven't made it to get new water quality tests. aslong as it continues to improve i won't worry too much about it. Thanks guys.

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 09:28 PM

Long as its improving its a good sign. Probably just from stirring up the old substrate.

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 10:48 PM

^that's what I'm thinking too. There was A LOT of poo that came out of the gravel and just dissolved in the water...i only did a 25% w/c during the switch...maybe i shouldve done more.

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Posted 13 October 2014 - 10:59 PM

Stir up your sand every couple weeks to avoid anaerobic buildup. One easy step to avoid what happens what happens with a major substrate change. I don't think I will ever use gravel again. Sand is so much easier, not to mention more natural looking substrate to maintain.

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Posted 14 October 2014 - 05:49 PM

Will do. its 100% cleared up now. so that's good.






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