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Fish dying in new aquarium
Old 01-19-2011, 12:19 PM   #1
 
Fish dying in new aquarium

We set up our 30 gallon aquarium on 1/31/10. About a week later we had our water tested and bought 4 platys (sp?), as recommended by our aquarium store. A week after that, we took water and had it tested to see if we could get other fish. They said no, our nitrite level wasn't right yet, to wait a couple more weeks. They said we could buy bottled bacteria or we could just wait; we said we would wait. Now 2 of our platys have died and another does look healthy on and off. As instructed, we have added some bottled water from time to time for the evaporation. The temperature has stayed steady. Any ideas about what is going on? Should we buy more platys for the cycling? There doesn't seem to be any algae and we have tried to have the light on 8-10 hours as we have been told. What should we do?
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
 
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Hi Bridget and welcome to the forum.

It sounds to me like you have ammonia in your tank (assuming that you're not doing water changes to keep it down). Here's a great link on how to cycle your new tank.

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/

You're doing a "fish in" cycle and I would start immediately with daily water changes to try to save your fish. I'd also recommend that you get a good water test kit (API Freshwater Master kit is one of the best) so you can monitor your water params. daily until cycled and weekly after that point.

Good luck and let us know if we can help more along the way.
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:10 PM   #3
 
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You bought your aquarium on the 31st of last year? You added Platys in Feb (2010)? I am abit confused on the dates, as you posted this today (1/19/11).

When did you setup the aquarium? It would be helpful to know what stage of the cycle you were in. Thanks!
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Old 01-19-2011, 01:49 PM   #4
 
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You bought your aquarium on the 31st of last year? You added Platys in Feb (2010)? I am abit confused on the dates, as you posted this today (1/19/11).

When did you setup the aquarium? It would be helpful to know what stage of the cycle you were in. Thanks!

LOL. I assumed she meant 12/31/10 but yeah, it's a good idea to get clarification on the dates.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:09 PM   #5
 
Yes, sorry, I meant 12/31/10. I was not aware we needed to do partial water changes yet. I can see I am going to have a lot of really stupid questions. I believe we are to change 10% of the water at a time? Can I just dip it out with a measuring cup? Should the water we are replacing it with be water that has stood for a while? Or do we need to put the deconditioner in it? If we use bottled water, can we just pour it in as is, as long as it is the right temperature? As you can see, I know very little about all of this yet. Thanks.
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:49 PM   #6
 
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Yes, if you are doing a fishin cycle (which you are), you need to be doing water changes. You can use tap water with de-chlorinater (make sure it removes chlorine). 10% is pretty small water change. I'd say a 20% WC is fine, maybe abit more. If the water is de-chlorinated, and the tempreture is about the same, you can add the water immeadiately. Some people use bottled, but I don't recommend going between bottled and tap, as the chemistry is probably very different between the two. I'd just use tap. You can take it out with a clean measureing cup, as long as it has no loose ink, marks, spots, rubs, etc. I don't recommend adding a platy now. The ones you have should take care of it. If you get a bacterial supplement, I recommend Stability (from Seachem labs), as I used this product for my first fishin cycle, and it worked wonders.

Sorry for the long text. Hope this helps!
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Old 01-19-2011, 02:57 PM   #7
 
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Agree that 10% is too little. It would be good to know where your ammonia levels are so you know how much water you should change out. You might have to do a huge one to get the levels down.

Are you near a fish store??? Even a chain store will stock what you need to get going. The first things I would buy (today if possible) are an API test kit (see my other post), some Seachem Prime water conditioner (will make the ammonia, nitrites harmless for short period of time), and a water siphon so you can change out the water in your tank.

If you can't get those things today, I'd bring a sample of your tank water to whoever sold you the fish and have them test the water pronto.
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Old 01-19-2011, 03:24 PM   #8
 
Thank you. I think this tells me pretty much what I need to know. Thanks for the quick responses. I will buy a test kit soon, but will have the fish store people test the water tonight, as I don't want to be in the process of learning how to do it, as my fish are dying. Will also start the water changes immediately. Thanks again.
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Old 01-19-2011, 04:41 PM   #9
 
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Hope you're able to save your fishies. Keep us posted.
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