I'm just a beginner.. lots of learning to do., but I think lots of things
could have caused that to happen. I know it's not fun.. but most fish
stores have a 15 day or so return policy. If you bring the fish in a baggie
or container or something, they'll replace it for free. They can also test
the water and look at the fish.. could be a disease aside from the water
I personally think that getting things to move right along won't necessarily
save the other two fish if that's what we may be thinking. the plants like
this person suggests.. she's prolly right bout those helping... I'm not a
plant expert or even beginner though LOL.. hopefully I'll get more knowledge
on them and update my plastic plants into real ones :)
I myself would rather it go slower so I can catch things quicker before they
get to the fish. Quicker things are more difficult to catch and treat.
When I first started my tank I tested the water daily for the pH, ammonia,
and nitrates just to see how things work and to make sure things didn't get
out of line. It was a good thing I did., because the ammonia level got
really high.. unsafe kind of high.. so I did some things to help the tank
regarding ammonia. If I didn't catch it., I probably would have lost a fish
or two. I think you can get a test kit for about $20 that would do it all.
I've just learned that Amquel (a water conditioning product) works really
well to keep those ammonia levels safe.. or basically non-toxic and non
existant to the fish. It also takes care of chlorine and chloramine and
other things but still allows the tank to cycle correctly. I'll be
switching from what I use to this product soon. (if you do switch, make
sure you get the right nitrate testing kit (if you use them) - the wrong one
gives false readings when using amquel)
SUGGESTION: I'd suggest either getting a test kit for ammonia, pH, nitrates,
etc. If you don't want the expense., bring some water from your tank into
Petco.. they'll do the test there. ALSO bring in some water from your tap
water.. just for fun. Have them write down the results of each. (and do
all the tests.. not just pH) (keep a log) Then either take their advice
(which can be sometimes.. oh frustrating I suppose would be the easiest
description) or come back here with the test results and somebody will help
yea I'm sure :)
If you're unfamiliar with nitrates, ammonia, pH.. doing water changes, or
transitioning a fish from the bag to the tank, please do ask somebody here.
they'z important - not necessarily the technical part.. but just the
beginners need to know part - it's not just a geeky thing that the fish
lovers do to pass time. :) they're super important not only to the ongoing
health, but to the life of the fisheroos and wished that I knew when I first
started my tank. Coz I lost two fish in the beginning .. just like you
did... but probably could have avoided it if I had helpful people like there
are on here.
----- Original Message -----
From: "amalthea23" <amalthea23@...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 06, 2004 4:25 PM
Subject: Re: [Freshwater Aquariums] New aquarium 2 dead fish
one thing you can do is add some live plants to the tank and leave them
in their pots as they will come with some beneficial bacteria. there
are additives like "cycle" and others that can speed up the process,
but on the whole, it's a waiting game to get the tank cycled. it just
takes time. 2 fish will get it started, but make sure you test daily
until everything levels out...
On Jan 6, 2004, at 5:34 PM, nchelonis wrote:
> I just set up a 20 gallon tank about 7 days ago. I let the water sit
> for a day then added 4 fish. platys and mollies. One of each has died
> and I'm not sure if I should just sit things out or if there is
> something I can do to help the cycling take place. Are two fish
> enough to get the process going?
> The salesperson at Petco told me to wait it out for a month and then
> add more fish, but I don't want to sit on my hands if there is
> something I can do.
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