Join Date: Oct 2019
Location: Northern Virginia
I am pretty swamped through Thanksgiving, so no pictures or ultra-detailed update. Bottom line up front, my best guess is the PH crash may have killed off some/most of my beneficial bacteria. I am open to suggestions for other causes, but the end result is:
Ammonia has been climbing (up to 1ppm) for a few days with no Nitrites. I did a water change on Sunday to bring the number down a bit. Nitrates was stable at 10ppm until the water change--it now reads 5ppm. I am using Ammolock to detoxify between water changes. Will continue with water changes and Ammolock as long as necessary.
Thus far, I have not lost any additional fish.
Will update my tank journal when I through the upcoming holiday/work obligations. I am open to any ideas or suggestions. Otherwise, will just try to slog through this problem the best way possible. Fingers crossed the little guys make it through--we are growing pretty attached to their antics.
Also, I have not dosed ThriveC at all since the PH crash. I am afraid to tilt the numbers too far in any direction. Plants appear okay--I still have some making the transition from emersed to submerged.
I am staying on top plant melt and decay to reduce impact on ammonia. Open to thoughts on this thinking too.
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