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Complete newbie, think I am killing my fish... PLEASE HELP!!
Old 03-17-2008, 01:25 PM   #1
 
Complete newbie, think I am killing my fish... PLEASE HELP!!

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.




WATER READINGS:

NITRATE:0
NITRITE:0
HARDNESS:150 HARD
CHLORINE:0
ALKALINITY:80 MODERATE
PH:6.8 NEUTRAL

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.
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:44 PM   #2
 
Get the temp up to about 78-80 degrees. do so gradually, over a period of a day or two. The small amount of fish you have, should not hinder, but actually help in the cycling process. Just be patient. Don't go and add more fish, at least not until the tank has cycled. This may take anywhere from 2-8 weeks.
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:50 PM   #3
 
Hi and thanks for the help. Do think that I should continue with the ich treatment? Also, is it normal for the fish not to eat the first couple of days?
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:59 PM   #4
 
Fish not eating for a couple of days can be normal. They need to acclimate and settle in to their new surroundings. Feed sparingly. Do not over feed. A very small pinch will suffice, a couple of times a day.
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Old 03-17-2008, 04:38 PM   #5
 
Thanks again!!!! :)
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:31 PM   #6
 
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just for future reference, two tiger barbs are ok while you are cycling, but you will probaby need to add more later. they can be aggressive towards eachother in small numbers. right now its more important that you don't overload your new tank- but if you find them nipping at eachother, thats why.

they are a fun fish, if you keep several of them. petsmart has a bad habit of selling people too small of numbers of them though.

good luck!
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Old 03-17-2008, 05:34 PM   #7
 
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just curious, do your fish watch you play your x box?? hehehe, i'm a dork, just noticed it in your first picture.
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:20 PM   #8
 
hehe i think they would notice me flailing around like an idiot more with my wii! lo.. :)
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:38 PM   #9
 
I want a 360...
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Old 03-17-2008, 06:50 PM   #10
 
My PS3 is right outside of the picture too... I like my video games! :D
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