Hello guys, I am hoping someone can help me figure out why I am losing my neon tetras.
I have a 36 gallon tank, we got the tank on the 19th of February.
We added water, fish fakes, and stress coat tank starter stuff.
The pet store recommended not adding fish for 3 days, we waited 4. We added 4 neon tetras, 4 cherry barbs.
We lost 1 neon this weekend, and another when we got home from work tonight.
I have an API Freshwater master test kit, have been testing water regularly.
Our pH level started out at about 7.4, but over the course of 3 weeks has been rising .. now up to about 8.3 even with small 25% water changes once a week.
Our Ammonia levels are measuring about .25ppm, one reading before last water change was up higher at about .4ppm
Nitrites are staying low .. 0 to .25ppm
Nitrates have been 5-10ppm
Temperature is about 71 F
We did add "Bob the Janitor" last week .. a pleco ... the one spike in ammonia was likely due to him not cleaning up the algae tab.
2 Neon's have had funerals, and will be missed.
We have 2 plants, 1 giant hairgrass, 1 microsword.
Any advice is appreciated.
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