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What just happen?

I just did a water change of 15 or so gallon in my 29G I had to re-plant some hair grass and jam in some root tabs and I filled the tank back up the Otos are acting like they are drunk and my Loache is MIA. WTF the Cichlid are hide like the boogie man just bit them in the ass.

Is it possible to put too much conditioner in?
The filter cartridge was super drown and not flowing well so I put a new cartridge with Carbon could this be causeing this?


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Was the water colder or warmer than normal? Fish will sometimes respond differently to this if they arent used to it.
Different oxygen levels can cause this s well between tank water, and water change water.

Or the fact that their environment changed and they feel unsafe when u replanted the grass

It wouldnt be a bad idea to check for ammonia since u added root tabs

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Your scalless fish will be more sensitive to parameter changes...which explains the oto and loach behavior.


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Loache showed up water was a little warmer by about 4. I have not seen all the Oto's

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Also if you changed the filter cartridge you have fewer beneficial bacteria to convert things.
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The cartridge was so dirty that even after rinseing it out it was brown and nasty looking. The tannis in was real dark. Im changing to a 10g WC ever week and filter cleaning bi weekly.
I'll be adding a second filter in the next mouth. Iwant to run one as a mechanical filter and one as a chemical filter.


I didn't dose(NPK) the tank last night so I'll do that when i get back from church

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Ok they are acting normal and eating. So guess I stressed them out a little.

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To be on the safe side, colder water is better than warmer. Warmer water has less oxygen content by default.
Id rather go 4 degrees colder than 4 warmer, fish dont seem to mind colder water as long as its not 20 degrees difference. My tank in the winter will drop about 10 degrees during a water change fishies are happy and healthy

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Agree that colder is better than warmer and think that 4 degrees of instant temp change in either direction (especially up) is too much. If I had to change 50% of my water at once I would use a thermometer to check the temp.


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Im down to 10g changes from now on. I think this will stress the fish alot less anyway.
Thanks for the help

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Um how many root tabs did u use for your unspecified sized nano tank? Root tabs should also be inserted fatly deeply to hasten the feeding into the water column.


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It's a 29g and I added only 10 this time and only in the areas that are planted. I shove them as deep as I can get them.

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