Hello everyone! I'm Adam from Kentucky, US, and I am a complete fishkeeping noob. I have been reading alot on this website and have been trying to learn all that I can from all the info here. My mother has been keeping fish her whole life and gave me a 25 gallon tank, a HOB filter and various other trimmings to get me started. However, she could not give me any mature filter media as her nephew killed all of her fish 2 months ago by putting a slew of candy canes in her 55 gallon in the middle of the night.
So, I set up my tank, dechlorinated, set up my heater and let the tank run for 2 days. Yesterday I went and purchased 2 tiger barbs from Petsmart, only to get them home and have one show signs of ich. The fish has no white spots but is consitently "rubbing" on an exposed air tube for my little bubbling dinosaur. And generally is not swimming very well. I was torn as to wether to start ich treatment as the tank has not even been cycled yet. I ended up taking out my charcoal media and put in some rid ich in the tank.
Now, here is the great part... I wake up this morning and the power has been out all night and the tank temperature has fallen to 69 degrees. The power just recently came back on... Anyway, I knew i needed to do a partial water change bc of the ich medicine and to remove ammonia. So i did about a 15 percent water change and added some dechlorinated warm water to help raise the temp a little. The temp raised about 5 degrees to 74 and since i have done this, the fish just sit at the bottom right hand side of the tank, not doing much.
I have abandoned the ich treatment for now. That fish is still not exhibiting good signs, however. I dont know what to do....
My question is: what should I do to keep these fish alive and put them through as little stress as possible while cycling? Any help would be appreciated!!
EDIT: the fish also will not eat. I have tried to feed them yesterday and again this morning.... they wont eat anything.