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Chris1251

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  1. Hi, Chris here.... Yes the tank has a cover... I'm not entirely sure why the water is in the low 70's.... It is placed on an inside wall across the room from south facing windows.... These windows have big plantation shutters on them that I have been closing as soon as the day starts to heat up.... I try to minimize the A/C energy usage impact by insulating the house as much as possible... Those summer energy bills really make my husband a little cranky... It could be that location of the house has a natural tendency for coolness...

  2. Chris here... Thank you!!! It is good to hear that a temp change won't be stressful... Everything I have read or seen in video indicated that it was important to keep the water change temperatures as close as possible... So far I have been very lucky that my Ranchus have been symptom free during this nitrite spike... But then I have been vary focused on keeping their water as safe as I possibly can...

    Our A/C is set for 78, but we had to have our plumbing rerouted from in the slab of the house to rise above ground, and travel through the garage to feed the distribution through the house... Due to slab leaks... So our "cold" tap water is more vulnerable to weather changes...

    Once again, thank you for the guidance... :)

  3. What percent of the water are you changing each time?

    Any idea why you have a nitrite spike?

    Can you reduce feeding to help lower the amount of nitrite?[/quote

    Chris here.... Since the spike, they are getting the one feeding size split in half twice a day... One bite each of Soilent green, 8 pellets of Hikari Lionhead sinking pellets and 8 pellets of new life spectrum THERA+A in the morning before water change and the the same amount around 6 pm...

  4. How much water are you changing out at once?  Can you age some water overnight to get it to room temperature?  Even if you age half the water you change out, that should be enough I would think.  Not knowing your tank size, not sure if that's possible . . . 

     

    Also if you're not already, I'd add 1 tsp salt per 10 gallons of tank water to help detoxify the nitrite.  :D

    I have been aging water each night for water changes... But I only have a 5 and 2.5 gallon buckets available... For the rest I have to use treated tap... :(

  5. Hi Chris here.... I changed about 85% of the water today... This change brought the nitrite done to 1.0. :(. I have been using 1 tsp. of aquarium salt per 10 gallons, 2x dose of prime and 1x dose of seachem stress guard at each daily water change... My 2 ranchus have been symptom free, thank goodness.... How the nitrite spike was triggered, I was moving to a carbon less filtration... My filter has 2 cartridges that are the blue sponges with carbon inside between the sponge and back frame... While removing the carbon, cutting and customizing the set up I used prime treated water to keep them wet rather than tank water... (Stupid me).... So I lost part of my BB... So now I'm trying to recover form that...

    My pre water change readings were: ammonia = 0. Nitrite = 5.0 Nitrate = 20

    My post water change readings were: ammonia = 0 Nitrite = 1.0 Nitrate = 5.0

    PH = steady at 8.0

    HOB Marineland bio wheel with extra sponge, ceramic media in the extra space

    Tank is 20 gallon, 80% bear bottom, 20% flat glass pebbles

    Fish = 2 male adolescent Ranchu....

    Currently water temperature 69.1

  6. Hi, Chris here... I have a concern... Advice is needed.... I'm currently dealing with a nitrite spike and doing heavy water changes to get it under control... But that is not my issue... My issue is that yesterday, today and thru the next seven days we are experiencing extroidinary heat... i.e.: 110 degrees. My tank is running between 71.5 F to 72.5 F... My "cold" tap water today was much, much warmer (in the low 80's is my guess). I used ice in my refills to bring the temp closer to the tank this morning ... I used everything the ice maker had... It will make more... But since the the "cold" tap water most likely be warmer tomorrow, I'm might have an issue when refilling the tank...

    Thanks in advance, Chris

  7. Chris here... I'm a newbie... I have a male ranchu that is starting to show his first breeding stars... He has gone a little nuts... His tank mate is another male ranchu but younger... My crazy puberty fish is pushing his tank mate around... Typically how long is the initial breeding crazies? I went and bought a basket to float in the tank to put my horney teenager in time out so the tank mate could swim around in peace for 10 or fifteen min a couple of times today... Any advice would greatly be appreciated...

    Thanks!!! :)

  8. Chris here... I'm a newbie... I have a male ranchu that is starting to show his first breeding stars... He has gone a little nuts... His tank mate is another male ranchu but younger... My crazy puberty fish is pushing his tank mate around... Typically how long is the initial breeding crazies? I went and bought a basket to float in the tank to put my horney teenager in time out so the tank mate could swim around in peace for 10 or fifteen min a couple of times today... Any advice would greatly be appreciated...

    Thanks!!! :)

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