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    Thread: Water quality after a spawn

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      Water quality after a spawn

      So i woke up last night to alot of splashing and this morning my water was filthy with white foam on the top.
      I did a 40 percent water Chang but still have foam on the top.
      1- should i stop feeding? For how long?
      2- do i do another large water change tomorrow?
      3- should i put anything in the water like slime coat or a bacterial infection meds to help with any cuts and brusing.
      4- anything else i should be doing?

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      I would base what you do on the water quality. If ammonia is above a trace amount, do not feed for as long as ammonia is detected. If nitrite is detetectable, add salt at a concentration of 0.15% and keep it there for as long as nitrite is measurable. If nitrate is above 80, then frequent 20% water changes might be a good idea. Otherwise, I would just watch and wait and do weekly 20% water changes. If the water is good, minor scrapes will heal without treatment.

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      Following a spawn, there is an excess of ammonia and an excess of high protein food in the form of eggs, contributing to further increases in ammonia, so as Rick stated, no food until the ammonia drops back to near zero. I used to vacuum the eggs from the pond to help control the ammonia spike, and I would overflow the pond to wash as much of the milky foam out as possible. The 20% water changes that he mentioned are great at helping to improve the water quality and to reduce somewhat the ammonia and nitrite levels.

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      Thank you both

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