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- Aug 11, 2013
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May be low dissolved oxygen, or spikes in water chemistry.I test my water with strips in a new tank every other day, and once a week I take a water sample to one of our local aquarium stores for further testing, once the tank has matured I test the water at home the day of and the day after a water change and once a month at the fish store. I do a 10% water change in all 5 of my tanks at least every other week, reason for this is I don't run protein skimmers so I do the water changes.
the water was cycling for three weeks before I added the first two fish which were the two clowns, I had the two clowns for over a year in a 32 gallon bio cube where my parameters matched. and then 3 days later added the damsel.
I typically don't put a time frame as to how long I cycle the tank before adding fish I add them after the first algae and when ammonia reaches 0 and nitrite reaches 0-1.
When I say fish were acting strange the damsel was out with the lights off swimming crooked and the clown was out swimming across the bottom of the tank.
Test strips are perhaps the worse indicator of water chemistry and I wonder if tank was even properly cycled. Algae does not indicate a tank is cycled and I will never rely on $7 strips to sustain any livestock. Nitrite has no significance unless sky high and will not indicate again- a cycled tank.
You need better kits and also will want to take a water sample to a store that does NOT use Api kits and have them test your ammonia and nitrates and compare readings- then you'll know where your levels truly are at. what is the store testing water with ?