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Hi All,


Looking for some advice. We just brought home some new fish last week and it's technically time to change the water. There were three smaller fish in a 55 gallon tank. One died this AM. My son REALLY wanted him at the store but I wasn't too sure, but caved. He ended up with swim bladder issues. I fed them NLS in the AM and Repashy in the afternoon and pm. He started to float on day 2 so I switched to peas he was worse each day. I stopped feeding but it didn't seem to help. :-(   The other two look great and seem content. My big question is, I had raised to water temp to help the little one before he died. We are in a home where the only tap that works with my python is outside. The water is COLD (tank temp 71.5/ tap temp 63.6). I really don't want to shock the other two fish. The parameters are OK. Do I leave them longer and let them settle in? Do I do smaller water changes more frequently so that the temp change isn't so drastic?




  • Test Results for the Following:
    • * Ammonia Level(Tank) 0
    • * Nitrite Level(Tank)      0
    • * Nitrate level(Tank)      0
    • * Ammonia Level(Tap)   0
    • * Nitrite Level(Tap)        0
    • * Nitrate level(Tap)        0
    • * Ph Level, Tank (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)               7.8
    • * Ph Level, Tap (If possible, KH, GH and chloramines)               7.8
    • Other Required Info:
      • * Brand of test-kit used and whether strips or drops?    API drops
      • * Water temperature?        71.5
      • * Tank size (how many gals.) and how long has it been running?  55 gal running approx 6-8 weeks
      • * What is the name and "size of the filter"(s)?   hamburg matten filter - x-large
      • * How often do you change the water and how much? changed 75% two days before the fish arrived  8 days ago



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A 50% change would only be 4 degrees different so they will be fine.

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Thanks. I didn't think to figure it out that way. 

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