Originally Posted by Boredomb
Do you know what kind of tetras you got? The number from day 3 are those after you found your fish not moving? I kinda at a lose here but we'll figure it out if not some one else will. Could anything have gotten into your tank? I know you said you got Prime is there a chance it got left out of the water?
Yes, they're Serpae Tetra's.
The numbers are after I found them, yes. Before I left for work they seemed a bit stressed and I wanted to do a 10-15% water change and/or test the water perimeters, but I didn't have enough time to... and then when I got home (about 8.5 hours later), they were dead.
No, I absolutely did not leave the Prime out. The only possibility with the Prime is that I may
have put a bit too much but I've used Prime in the past and put too much on accident and it wasn't an issue.
Everything I used for the tank was new bought and rinsed thoroughly in cold water before I used it. Except the physical tank, it was used previously but I cleaned it with water only and a bunch of paper towels.
We had another cold night and the temperature in the house dropped again. The heater did come on but it doesn't seem to be heating enough, I'll either have to move it or adjust the settings some. Now that they have died, how should I proceed with Cycling the tank?
Should I leave the 2 tetras in there? Should I drain all the water out and start over? Should I remove the tetras? I cannot buy pure ammonia, strong chemicals like that are not a friend to me (I can't do much with bleach either). The smell alone generally makes me sick... I do have the one plant (its a primrose something)...
I knew that these tetras would probably not survive (I wanted them to, though), but I didn't expect them to die so quickly, so I'm worried it wasn't the cycling process that did it.. which is why I'm worried even if I cycle properly, I'll have some sort of fish disease in there that killed these two guys.