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Sick Cichlid

17 July 2004 - 06:19 AM


I am a new tank owner, I have a 3 week old tank which houses only one 4.5 inch African Cichlid. 3 days ago her eyes became cloudy and fuzzy. Maybe Ich? Also, the water has never been crystal clear, but now it is cloudier than ever. I did change 20% of the water and vacummed the gravel, but the water is still smelly. I also have a handful of established gravel from the petstore, should I add it as well?

She is terribly sick. I added 1 rounded tablespoon of aquarium salt (6 gallon Eclipse tank with a bio wheel) and turned the thermometer up to 82 degrees. I wrapped the tank with a dark cloth and shut off the light (a recommendation by the pet store) She looks so sad and tired and I just don't know what else to do for her.

I also wanted to mention that I may have too much gravel, I just read the reco is 1/4 inch, but I have 1.5 inches. Now, I am afraid to remove the gravel while she is sick because I don't want to stress her out further. She loves to dig around in the gravel as well, it keeps her busy all day long.

The reading from the water test are off the chart +200 Nitrate, +10.0 nitrite, 120 total hardness, -0 alkalinity, -6.4 ph. The petstore said the aquarium salt would solve these problems? Is this possible? I started treatment 1 day ago. I also added some stress coat. I am afraid to do anything else to the tank, because I feel like if I keep adding chemicals and salt I will damage the cycle it even more. I have been doing hours of research and everyone is saying something different. If there is anyone with an experience like this one can you please e-mail asap?