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Old 05-23-2013, 08:17 PM   #1
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I had a spike in ammonia in my 29 gallon aquarium and I did a 50% WC which made my fish suffer from old tank syndrome. I lost my cories and my two platies are on the bottom, not really moving. I have been keeping it going for almost 2 years so I should know better
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:50 PM   #2
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the key, is to continuously change at least a small amount of water weekly.
its the easiest way to prevent old tank syndrome
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Old 05-23-2013, 08:54 PM   #3
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I was sick for a few weeks so I neglected my tank. I feel so stupid for doing that. -_-
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few weeks wont do that. unless your water has no buffering capacity
i suspect something else at play
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:03 PM   #5
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I put a new filter cartridge in the filter, I didn't think that would've affected it since there is beneficial bacteria in the sand.
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:07 PM   #6
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http://www.bestfish.com/oldtank.html

whoa, never knew about old tank syndrome! Thanks for the heads up! ammonia spike in an old tank may not kill the fish because it's the "good ammonia" built up - freaky!
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I put a new filter cartridge in the filter, I didn't think that would've affected it since there is beneficial bacteria in the sand.
much less than we'd like to think.
sand compacts very easily, this presents a problem for bacterial growth as it needs at least some small amount of water flow.

if u have lots of plants however, there is plenty of surface area on them
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My male platy is eating, that's a good sign, right?
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My male platy is eating, that's a good sign, right?
indeed
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I am surprised they survived. I would have thought they would have died too
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I am surprised they survived. I would have thought they would have died too
platy?? naw

they are hardy fish
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Old 05-23-2013, 09:44 PM   #12
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Lol, you're right, they are tough little buggers. I did a fish-in cycle with three platies, and three mollies. I didn't lose any of them.
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