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Old 16th February 2011   #6
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Default Re: Curled forward gills, but there is no water movement?

Nitrates actually aren't bad - they typically rise once the tank is cycled as ammonia is converted to nitrites which are converted to nitrates which are OK. However, I do think the tank is cycling as the ammonia is starting to spike, so definitely keep up frequent partial water changes to reduce that as much as possible for your axie's comfort.

For your filter, you could try positioning some plants/fake plants in front on it. That tends to break up the flow pretty well. You do want it flowing as it will build up the good bacteria you need to break down the ammonia and nitrites.
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