Moving a Nitrate sensitive fish

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Moving a Nitrate sensitive fish


After having successfully treated my sick fish with you I wanted to ask your advice for moving.
I have observed the following sensitivities and requirements for my fish.

1- Roughly 5% of the tank water evaporates every 1-2 days, If I let it evaporate anymore, the fish gets Nitrate shock.
2- If I change more than 5% of the tank water the fish gets Nitrate shock.
3- If I change the water more that 1x a week the fish gets Nitrate shock.
4- My Nitrate water parameters never get above 5ppm in a week time. At this point, I have to do a water change because the GH levels rise to 14-15 drops.

So my water parameters weekly test roughly:
Nitrate 5.0ppm
Nitrite 0ppm
Ammonia 0.25
High PH 8.4
KH 11 drops
GH 12 drops

My water temperature is consistently 66-69 degrees.
We now have algae on the walls of the tank. And I am the only one who touches the fish tank.

We are moving 5 minutes away into a new house, by the end of June.

What is the best way to handle the move for this very sensitive fish?


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    Venus June 18, 2017 at 1:14 pm

    Okay, we’re not selling mean green two for one, but if you decide to purchase, I’ll slip a third bottle in

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    Venus June 18, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    Hi Jennifer, that is one sensitive fish, meaning it hasn’t fully recovered. Your parameters look fantastic, and believe it or not, that in itself is helpful

    Consider changing the way you change water; instead of removing 5% and then replacing, like you would with normal fish; replace one pitcher at a time. Scoop a pitcherful out of the tank; pour in a bucket, replace with freshwater. This means exchanging twice as much water to reduce nitrates, but it looks like they’re under control

    We’ve got a buy two get one free on remedies; suggest mean green. I’ve switched from wheat grass chlorophyll to dandelion. Dandelion is a blood cleanser on top of numerous benefits

    I think the best way to move this guy is to get him really cold; like 45 degrees. A small ice chest to keep the water cold should do the trick. This way the blood flow will be very limited, so it won’t feel the increased pressure.

    Do the mean green treatment before the move, but save a jug for after you get him moved. If he warms up to the green water, it might make the difference. I’ll slip some white tea into one marked bottle as the wake up treatment.

    Test you new tap, even though a nearby move shouldn’t make much of a difference

    As to the evaporation; yes, I expect nitrates are going to build up because they don’t evaporate. Ever heard of R.O. water? They collect steam from heated water. The steam water is free of everything, with minerals and toxins left behind. I just recently wrote this article on the topic of evaporation. KH levels build up and up, and before you know the fish are poisoned. Just recently had a close call. Thought of you, but realized you were testing regularly. People like me with average levels think they’re safe.

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