Originally Posted by teslagurl
Originally Posted by Oscars4TheWin
First and foremost - Welcome to the forum, this is one of the best forums I have found, the people here know their stuff and will help you with any and all questions you might have!
On to business... the 46 is too small for the fish you are keeping... as Oscars said, a 46 is too small for a single JD, let alone all the others with him, which is probably the cause for the spike. You may not have have the issue before you moved because the bacteria colony was probably massive to keep up with the bio-load, when you moved you more then likely lost part maybe up to half of that bacteria colony (common when moving). Now that the bacteria has been reduced the levy has broke and you are getting large spikes in Nit, Ammonia, etc.
I too would recommend buying your own test kit (and yes the Freshwater Master Test Kit by API is the best IMO=In My Opinion) I have two of the kits for testing all my tanks.
As far as 40ppm on Nitrates you normally can get away with that if you have ample filtration and not overcrowded fish... I personally never let mine get over 30ppm max... With the move stressing your fish and hurting your bacterias, you probably can expect more problems.
Here is what I would do if I were in your situation.
A) drop the JD
B)Drop everything else and keep the JD
C) 20% water changes daily for two weeks
D) 30% Water changes every other day for two weeks
Keep testing your own water with the Test kit you should go buy.
Sometimes, if you are lucky enough to have a Petsmart that has an employee that KNOWS what they are doing you can trust them... Unfortunately 95% of them have no clue about what they are talking about and are just trying to sell you something, or trying to get you to go away if they don't have the answer.
So in conclusion...
Get your own test kit (API FMTK is the best)
Reduce the Bioload in that tank (best to get rid of the larger/est fish)
Regular and often water changes (Top Fin Dechlorinator is just fine follow instructions)
lastly... POST PHOTOS!!! We all love fish, and love to see more fish!!!
Welcome to the forum once again and I hope this helped...
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