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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Help fast, power outage, ammonia spike, fish in trouble

So last night someone hit a tele pole and my power was out for an unknown amount of time.

I came in this morning (sat morning) and found the tank cloudy and all the fish at the top, I did a 75% water change, and dosed the tank with 3x the recommended prime (as the bottle says). for the rest of today the fish seemed fine. The ammonia read about 3 on the test strip.

I go to check on them about an hour ago, and I lost 2 angels, a couple other fish and the ammonia is HIGHER than it was this morning! It was about 4-5 with the test strips!!

Did my filter die out and is poisoning the tank??? I just cleaned it and I'm doing a 90% water change.... what else can i do??

Its a 125g, medium stock of plants and fish. I temp moved the angels and all the other fish I could catch into a 10g and a 55g but I can't catch my 15 cory cats or my ottos and loaches. What do I need to do?? is offline  
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small rant: I'm so pissed, I lost my rescue angel fish, and one of my breeding female angels as well as 2 of my new young SAE's..... Some drunk dip[censored][censored][censored][censored] completely destroyed a telephone pole and caused this [censored][censored][censored][censored].

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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 07:59 AM
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Keep doing a lot of partial water changes. That's what I did when we lost power for two weeks and it kept everyone alive. If you have a canister filter you can manually prime, pump it a bunch of times every once in a while to keep water going through it so the bacteria doesn't die. If you have a HOB put the filter material in the tank itself.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old 03-17-2013, 11:57 AM
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Sorry for your loss, keep doing the w/c's. With all the cloudiness that could be your bio filter die off.

Zeolite could help as well with removing ammonia, while you are cycling again.

Seachem Stability is also a good product to help get the bio filter established, as well as the Prime to keep things less toxic.

Until your cycled again, keep doing water changes to keep the ammonia & nitrites under control for the long term health of your fish.
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1) Put your filter on a UPS.
2) I would consider the use of ammolock right now until things settle in.
3) Strips a notoriously inaccurate. Regardless, until things settle out, I would be doing MASSIVE water changes daily until the cycle is re-established.
4) You might look into getting seed material from an established tank.
5) You might have a civil case against the driver of the vehicle for damages.
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