09-16-2009, 05:14 AM
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Go buy yourself that API freshwater testing kit. It will help a great deal, while doing a fish cycle. Test your water daily. If you see ammonia or nitrite getting close to .25 ppm, do a water change. Try to always keep both under .25 ppm.
You did a great job, not to cycle the tank with to many fish. Cycling the tank with only two or three fish, will work well. Only add more fish, when your tank cycle is through and your ammonia and nitrites read zero, without daily water changes. then, only add one or to small fish at a time. Adding to many new fish at one time, your tank will not have enough bacteria built up to handle the new fish load.
Chances are good, that the fish was sick when you bought it.
Be sure to use a good water conditioner such as Prime, that will dechlorinate and help detoxify ammonia and nitrites.
Its best to acclimate any new fish slowly. Either put the fish bag down in the tank or put the fish with the water into a bucket. You can use the drip method or just add a small amount of your tank water in with the fish about every 15 minutes. Keep doing this till more than 1/2 the water in the bag/bucket is your own tank water. Net the fish and put it in your tank. You do not want to add store water to your tank.
Its best to leave the lights out on first day of adding new fish. It will help keep them from becoming over stressed.
Last edited by Twistersmom; 09-16-2009 at 08:11 PM..