Tank/s crashing around me....

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Postby saracen » 2005-12-21 09:33

Its a disaster, and I am not a happy bunny....

Did my normal water changes on Monday, and everything was fine. On Tuesday, I noticed that one of my otos had bitten the dust.....fished him out, thought no more of it..

Today.....

I have no otos left, half my widows gone, 2 rainbows down, and the harlequins in my 5 have all expired.

Tested water, nitrates off the chart. There must be something else in there, but what to test for....?

Tap water even higher than the tanks.....God only knows whats going on.

The water board were clueless. "We have had no warnings of local incident, we have had no other complaints, and why on earth are you testing your tap water for nitrates? We will investigate and get back to you....." I will expect a reply just before I get my telegram from the queen... :pff:

I just don't know where to start.....a water change seems pointless, as I will only be putting more junk into the tanks.... I think I may cry..... :cry:
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-21 09:40

omg!! :eek: so sorry to hear about that :( I would say it is probably the nitrates in the water that have caused it. Have you checked the Ammonia and Nitrites aswell? What are the results?

This is the reason I use RO water all the time, I just can't trust the tap water around this area :angry: I hope your tank pulls through, along with the rest of the inhabitants
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Postby saracen » 2005-12-21 09:52

Amonia normal, but the nitrite up.... I'm leaning in favour of one of the farms around here doing something stupid/having an accident with a tank full of fertiliser, combined with crappy pipes, and it going straight into the water table......

I was hoping you were using ro, would hate for those salties to crash as well....

This has really buggered up my christmas plans and everything....
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-21 10:01

Nitrite is up because of the problem but it looks like the filter is handling the Ammonia not too badly. I'm not too sure about the fertiliser thing though.... isn't it past that time of the year :unsure: If you really need to, there a sometimes LFS who sell RO water (Maidenhead do) so that could come in handy till the problem with the water is sorted.

If that happened to me (and I was using tap water) I would not only be in a very bad mood for god only knows how long, but I would probably invest in an RO unit to get rid of the problem *hope RO unit arrives today so I don't have to keep using some from Grandads RO unit* And yes..... I would hate my salties to crash, nearly did one time but thats another story....
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Postby saracen » 2005-12-21 10:09

Thats why im thinking something has gone wrong. Im guessing a storage device has sprung a leak or something.....could be anything round here...kids with an axe is a possibility :angry:

Ive got the britta filter working vertime to try to change out some of the water, but im having to put it through twice to even get a dip to where i can see it on the tests.... i think im just going to curl up and hibernate till june...
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-21 10:22

Just keep us updated on how it goes and good luck
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Postby Indigo Blue Fish » 2005-12-21 10:24

I know the feeling - the water my end is permanently like that (usually over 180!) - fortunately my guys are very resiliant to it nowadays, and the Elodea is doing a great job of it.
When I was setting up the Axolotl tank a couple of days ago, I had two brita's on the go, passing from one to the other to bring it to a suitable level - I think it's still high, but I'll do my testing tomorrow.
Mind you, again, it's packed out with plants, and no animal, so we should be ok.
Sorry to hear about your loss Saracen - I hope it gets better for you.
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Postby KittyKat » 2005-12-21 11:17

go round to all your neighbours and see if they have any rainwater stored. test that & if it's ok borrow some. you might need to filter it once to get muck out (if there is any)
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Postby Mick e. t. » 2005-12-21 11:55

I agree with Kat, I have no problem with rain water and, as stated in another thread, I run a non cichlid tank on that alone. Dry tab have a test for copper and phosphate, it might be worth checking those 2 out. Are you using carbon in your filters? if not it might be a good idea...only use the best to get positive results. (by best I mean the really small granules type as in what Fluval provide for their filters. This is really a hands on situation...wish I could be there to help...as is I wish you all the best and hope you get it sorted soon,
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Postby saracen » 2005-12-21 12:18

Carbon in now, managed to change out about a gallon from the filters, but no one stores rainwater around me. I think I may have to invest in a barrel....

will keep changing out small portions all day, see if I can at least get the tank to a point where it registers on the kit... :pff:
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-21 12:35

Lets just say you won't exactly run out of rain water around this area :rolleyes:
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Postby saracen » 2005-12-21 12:46

lol, thanks for the smile, I really needed that! ^_^
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Postby Kev » 2005-12-21 12:55

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Postby KittyKat » 2005-12-21 13:47

it is worth investing in a barrel! also find out if your council gives subsidies on them ;)
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Postby Sam » 2005-12-21 15:16

God! I'm going to invest in a RO unit after all those horror stories :o

More money to spend......
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