quikv6 Posted October 20, 2021 Share Posted October 20, 2021 (edited) Hello all, I found an adjacent office at my job that has a fish tank...a 46 gallon bowfront with a single banded leporinus fish. He's about 7 years old, and about 10 inches. When I asked who took care of the tank, everyone looked a bit puzzled, and said "we put a bucket of water in ever now and then." So I decided to test the water, and lo and behold...not good. Perhaps really bad. Nitrates were way off the charts. I estimate 400ppm+, as it took a few 50% water changes to get it back on the charts. Also, PH was off the charts acidic...around 5 or 5.5. There was 0 KH as well. As I did daily water changes, the PH rose to the low - mid 6s, and the KH rose to 20-40ppm. I got the nitrates down to 20ppm. The fish mainly just sits on the bottom behind a piece of slate, as he did before. My questions: 1) Is this typical behavior for this species? 2) Would there be a range of parameters that would be preferable? He probably lived in nitrates 200+ for years. Can fish adapt to that, or does it have any long term effects on them? Any and all info on the banded leporinus is appreciated, as I am probably taking over maintenance of this tank. Thanks! Edited October 20, 2021 by quikv6 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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