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This Fist thing isn't working out that well.
Old 07-28-2008, 12:23 PM   #11
 
Thanks! That was actually very helpful.

My filter is called wisper? These suction cup thingys hook up to the back of the tank and it hooks up to an air pump that pushes water and air up to the filter.

It's good to know about the water too. So there's nothing I should add or do to the water than, other than change out some water when the levels are too high?
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:27 PM   #12
 
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Change the water when ammonia levels are high using nothing but dechlorinator that removes ammonia, chlorine,and chloramines.
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Old 07-28-2008, 12:43 PM   #13
 
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Dechlorinator is the only thing that you should add to the water when you do a water change. Just follow the directions on the bottle.

I use tetra aquasafe for my tap water.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752317

Does your filter look like this one? http://www.aquariumguys.com/whisperintank.html
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Old 07-28-2008, 05:42 PM   #14
 
Thanks. I am using Tetra Declorinator, it came with the tank. The wisper filter looks very similar to the one in the photo.
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Old 07-28-2008, 06:30 PM   #15
 
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K...so either your filter is too small (the Whisper's that hook up to the airline are about the wussiest of the Tetra lines), or your tank is too small to support a molly that poos a lot and other fish. So far nobody's asked you about the tank size...sooooo, how big is your tank?
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:14 PM   #16
 
My tank is 8 liters. I really only want two maybe three fish in it. A cousin has a larger tank 75 liters, she's going to give me. Then I can use this tank for quarinteen or breeders or something. But I need to get this one up and working before I start with the next one. I don't want to deal with a big tank if I can't even get a couple fish to live.
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:30 PM   #17
 
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Well no wonder! Your not going to have any luck have more then one fish survive in a 2.5 gallon tank that doesn't have any beneficial bacteria in it. Thats wayyy to small for... I forget how many fish you have in there but I know ones a black Molly, and they require a tank of 20 gallons or more. So that should give you a better idea on just how small your tank is.
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:32 PM   #18
 
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So a 2 gallon tank. You're pretty lucky even the molly has survived since the ammonia will build up very rapidly in a small tank like that with a messier fish like the molly.

As for having a bigger tank, they actually are easier because they are bigger. As long as you learn what a "cycle" is, and do your research on appropriate fish before you buy (a lot of times the petstore will mislead you on what you should get, so that's when you come and ask us first), you should have FAR less problems. As for this one....either get yourself a bigger tank or a new home for Miss Molly. She'll get too big for that tank anyways on her own.
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:39 PM   #19
 
At the moment I only have a Gold Molly and A Strawberry Tetra. The woman at the pet store said that it could support a few small fish. I don't want to many, at this point. Just really want to get it up and running so I can upgrade. But I figure theres not point trying a bigger tank if I can't get 2 or three fish to live. And then I can use this smaller one as a quarinteen, kind of thing. But one step at a time right.

How long should it take for my tank to cycle? So that things live in it.

When I get ready to start up the bigger one, Is there away that I can have the tank set up and fish ready before I add fish? This way I don't spend a ton of money and time on dying fish?
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:45 PM   #20
 
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The woman at the pet store said that it could support a few small fish.
She would.

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I don't want to many, at this point. Just really want to get it up and running so I can upgrade. But I figure theres not point trying a bigger tank if I can't get 2 or three fish to live. And then I can use this smaller one as a quarinteen, kind of thing. But one step at a time right.
You don't really have an option of 'having to many' because your tanks not big enough to sustain the fish you have. If you fail at a small tank, then a bigger tank would be easier for you.

You could go with a fish less cycle, you simply set the tank up put a source of ammonia in a leave it alone for 4-6 weeks.

Never trust the people selling you things, because thats all they are doing. Selling you things and making money when you come back for more fish when they keep dying. [/quote]
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