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I've got a 58L Ciano tank set up currently with 4 Guppy & a few Platy Fish, 1 shrimp.

I cycled my tank as instructed before adding my fish,  and everything has been fine since, fish seem happy enough, but i can't seem to keep my levels at the correct stage.
I did a 25% water change yesterday.

2/8/18 results -
PH - 7.0
No2- 0.50
N03- 10
Amonia- 0.50

I did a water change,  Quick start to the tank with a few drops of stress coat.


my current levels are :

PH - 7.0
No2- 0.25
No3- 5.0
Amonia- 1

Could anyone give me advice on what my next move should be?
I'm currently using the API master kit to detect, and i'm currently testing every day to observe. I've been doing water changes every 3 days so far as one of the results spike.

I have  just one filter in currently. Do i need two filters? I have an air pump/stone also in the tank. I just feel as if the filter isn't doing its job, but i don't know if thats because I'm a beginner. I currently have the filter pipe angled in the water, raising towards the top of the water (I've taken a picture). I originally had the filter stick facing straight but i felt like it was too strong for the fish to swim against it

I currently feed my fish flakes, two times a day, although i was instructed 3 times but i feel this is too much. How many times are you supposed to feed tropical fish and how much flakes?

Any help would be appreciated, i want to do the best for the fish,

thank you

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Reply #1

once a day is plenty, sometimes too much. Cut down on feeding as a starting point.  - Pellets tend to be better for the fish and water quality than flakes.
The filter might not be up to the job, what make/model is it?
Do you dechlorinate the water first or after its in? if after, dose to the volume of the tank and not the water your changing.
I'd recommend using Prime or Safe to dechlorinate rather than stress coat.

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Reply #2

Hi @stephlouise how did you cycle it?

Agree with everything fr499y has said

However one thing to add, if you get Seachem Prime, Seachem Safe or AmQuel, you can dose that into the tank each day to de-toxify the ammonia inbetween your water changes.

If your StressCoat is actually StressCoat+ then that does the same thing to an extent, but not as well as Prime etc.
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The filter came with the tank kit, It's a ciano aqua 60 aquarium with heater and filter. But i can't seem to find any set ups online on which way the filter spray goes

I dechlorinate the water before i put it back into the tank currently.

I have a bottle of Love Fish ammonia remover, would that work? And do i use that daily

Thank you for your help


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The filter came with the tank kit, It's a ciano aqua 60 aquarium with heater and filter. But i can't seem to find any set ups online on which way the filter spray goes

I dechlorinate the water before i put it back into the tank currently.

I have a bottle of Love Fish ammonia remover, would that work? And do i use that daily

Thank you for your help


I don't know that filter but normally making it ripple the top of the water is ideal as it will help to oxygenate it.

Yes a good idea to use the ammonia remover, personally I would just follow the instructions.  1PPM is pretty high though, so I'd keep up with the water changes too. :)

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Reply #5

Thank you for your help,
I've bought a bottle of Seachem Prime, heres hoping this helps! how much should i use daily?

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Reply #6

Hi I have a couple of questions

How did you cycle the tank?

Is the tank 60 litres?

How many fish have you got?

And how many did you add at a time?




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Prime is VERY strong, you might find a small drop ( or 1ml ) might even be enough for your size tank :) I can't remember what it says on it but i use a 'smidge' for 25L of water with shrimp and never had an issue :)

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Reply #8

A nice big space with fine substrate will help. Just don't stir it much.