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post #21 of 59 Old 10-09-2013, 01:55 PM Thread Starter
HELP! The fish is acting weird! He is swimming weird. He is tilted when he swims and he sometimes goes upside down. He also stopped swimming for a bit, and he keeps landing in the gravel. Whats going on?!
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post #22 of 59 Old 10-09-2013, 02:04 PM Thread Starter
It just died
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post #23 of 59 Old 10-09-2013, 02:13 PM
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Did you condition the water before the fish went in?

When was the last time the water was changed?

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post #24 of 59 Old 10-09-2013, 02:17 PM Thread Starter
It was conditioned before the fish was put in. I was going to change the water today but... My first pet lasted 8 days :(
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post #25 of 59 Old 10-09-2013, 02:29 PM
sounds like a swim bladder problem :( poor guy. at least it gives you time now to cycle the tank and such if you do decide to continue keeping fish.
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post #26 of 59 Old 10-09-2013, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
Please tell me what I did wrong! I gently brought the fish home and kept it in the small box they gave me for about 3 days while I was getting the tank ready. I conditioned the water, waited about an hour, put the fish in slowly so I wouldn't frighten him, and fed him a small amount of food once each afternoon. I was going to change the water today. When I got home from school, I saw him swimming on his side, then he went to the top of the tank, and I saw a bubble come out of his mouth, then he sank back down, got stuck on a plant, freed himself, and then he got caught on the filter and died.
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post #27 of 59 Old 10-09-2013, 02:31 PM Thread Starter
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sounds like a swim bladder problem :( poor guy. at least it gives you time now to cycle the tank and such if you do decide to continue keeping fish.
Well, I believe a fish-in cycle already happened.
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post #28 of 59 Old 10-09-2013, 03:08 PM
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Well, I believe a fish-in cycle already happened.
Not likely, though it would be getting pretty close to completing at this point, assuming you didn't do anything to hinder it.

I haven't seen you post any water test results. It's the only way to know what's going on - can't tell by looking at or tasting the water.
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post #29 of 59 Old 10-09-2013, 05:20 PM Thread Starter
I had someone from the store check the water, and he said it was fine. I ended up getting two tropical fish. Those crazy fish darted so fast when I picked the bag that it made my hand shake :/
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post #30 of 59 Old 10-09-2013, 05:39 PM
i think you really should research before buying more fish. look in to cycling aquariums and also into types of fish which you can keep in your water along with basic fishkeeping info. these things will help keep you from buy fish and makes the hobby more enjoyable if you have knowledge. testing with little test strips works sorta but it isnt as accurate as this kit. which i feel everyone should own.
http://www.amazon.com/API-Freshwater-Master-Test-Kit/dp/B000255NCI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1381358462&sr=8-1&keywords=api+master+test+kit+freshwater
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