Cycling with fish...parameters are off out of nowhere. Help!
Started up my tank almost 3 weeks ago. Set up everything, added API quick start and got two fish rummy nose from the local fish store to start off, and within 3 days noticed that one was developing ich spots. I quickly bumped the temp up to 82 and began treatment with microbe lift herbtana (which I highly recommend after this experience...will be doing the dosing with artimess for new additions from now on to lessen the chances of it ever happening again). I am 7 days into the treatment and everything has been cleared up visibly for a few days now. I have been using various things for my plants (Flourish, Flourish Excel, Flourish tabs, and most recently, liquid co2).
Up until now, my water parameters have stayed pretty much perfect. Yesterday I tested the water and I got these parameters:
I tested it earlier today and got the same results. I added a bit of the API quick start again but only 1/3 the dose because I wasnt sure if it would hurt or help. I havent tested it since.
Is this a natural occurrence in the cycling process? Or, could it be possible that this is happening because my carbon filter has been removed for a week now? I have made 3 small water changes this water to compensate for the lack of filter. I attached a picture of the tank that I took just a few minutes ago just in case someone sees something I'm missing.
Any advice that you could give would be really helpful. I want to go about this the most correct way possible so that it can cycle properly, but I do have a few plants being mailed over this week and wanted to clear this up so I don't encounter any issues. Thanks all!
Last edited by Hayleyxx; 03-22-2018 at 03:33 AM.