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#993 red jewels

Posted by RED JEWELS MAN on 02 March 2005 - 08:16 AM in Emergency Room

I JUST SET UP A THIRTY GALLON TANK TWO WEEKS AGO

OK...

THEN I CHECKED ALL MY LEVELS...ADDED TWO DINOS, AS RECOMENDED BY THE PET SHOP.

you mean danio's, right?

3 DAYS LATER I ADDED SIX RED JEWELS.(PET STORE SAID GET 5 OR 6 TO END UP WITH ONE PAIR).THE JEWELS HAVE BEEN IN THE TANK FOR TWO DAYS AND ARE TURNING RED.

Don't know why you would by 5 or 6 to get a pair. Alot of species are going to require you to have 1 male to 2-4 females, so pairing off is not what you want. They are harem spawners, so don't try and pair them up.

WHAT SHOULD I DO, I KNOW I NEED TO LOWER THE AMMONIA LEVELS BUT HOW?

It is the ammonia stressing them out...hurry

You ammonia levels are hight because you added 8 fish to a tank that was already being pushed to the limit after the addition of the Danio's...Everytime you add fish to a tank there is going to be an ammonia spike. With a tank that size, adding more than 3 at one time will pretty much cause a severe one. I have experienced it in the past. I am also concerned about the number of fish in the tank. 14 fish (especially 6 cichlids) need more room than a 30gal. I should know, I kept a 30 for a couple of years.

If you want to lower the ammonia, there is only one way to do it. Change your water. Don't clean the gravel or rocks or change the filters, let the bacteria that is natural in a tank build up. If you have to change 50% of your water everyday until you have the desired level of ammonia in your tank.

AND ARE MY JEWELS RED FROM BEING STRESSED OR MATING

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thank thats what i thought, the jewels already killed the starter fish and all i have left is the six jewels the two danios and a pleco