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I bought a new fish and a new tank all at once, now what?

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I bought a new fish and a new tank all at once, now what?
Old 10-10-2013, 05:38 AM   #41
 
Oh they are not goldfish. They are Marigold Wag Swordtails.
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:41 AM   #42
 
oh? lmao cool! I had a pair of swordtail before I forget what kind but I had to sell them because they were breeding nonstop. but they are very beautiful fish!
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Old 10-10-2013, 05:44 AM   #43
 
Forgive me, one of them is actually a platy hifin.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:13 AM   #44
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Oh no! please don't put male and females betta together! Certainly I've seen it work under the rarest of circumstances, but it is such a delicate balance and many cases end up with either the females or the male dead. :( Its really not worth the heart break >.<

Im a betta nerd, so if you would like to hear more details about the whys and why nots about bettas please do not hesitate to ask!

I'm a teensy bit concerned about whether your tank is cycled yet~ ammonia, nitrite and nitrate build up from a fish's own waste products can easily kill fish :(

A cycle generally takes a month or more. There are products out there that can help speed up the nitrogen cycle. If you PM user Hallyx about it, he can tell you which ones are the ones that actually work :)

Another great online tool is http://www.aqadvisor.com . Inputting your tank specs/ filter and stocking here and it will let you know whether you are overstocked. it also lets you know whether the fish you chose are compatible etc. Its such a wonderful tool and I love it!

I believe is also important to look up what size tank we should get for which fish. for example, even if a small school of mollies fits in a ten gallon, the recommended minimum tank size for these are actually 20 gallon. This is to ensure that they have an ethical amount of space to move around in :)

Lastly, some fish like corydoras (corys), guppies, mollies, platies etc are schooling fish! It is advised to get 4 or just having one will make that one little fellow very lonely and stressed :( this will lead to a compromised immune system and allow the fish to be easily susceptible to disease and infections >.<



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Old 10-10-2013, 08:44 AM   #45
 
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The vast majority of fish out there are group oriented/schooling fish.
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Old 10-10-2013, 08:50 AM   #46
 
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...I was going to get a beta fish, but that would be a waste of a 10 gallon tank.
Not at all. A big, colorful Betta as the centerpiece, with a school of small Corys or other small peaceful fish---maybe a few shrimp and/or a Nerite snail, would make a fine tank, especially if fully planted.

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Old 10-10-2013, 08:51 AM   #47
 
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Welcome to TFK!!!

I'm so sorry to hear of your loss *hugs* Most of us made mistakes in the beginning, but the good news is that you're learning, and I've seen some fantastic advice given on this thread to get you going in the right direction. Listen to these guys - they know their fish, and won't steer you wrong.

Congrats on the new arrivals, Platy and Sword-tails are definitely great fish for beginners! Kitty is right in that they prefer company, but from what I've read here so far, Kitty is *also* right in that your tank is probably not fully cycled yet. These first weeks in a new tank can be a very dangerous time for fish, so probably want to stick with just these two for a few weeks, and keep up on the water changes to keep them safe.

You mentioned having a friend with fishkeeping experience earlier in this thread. If s/he has an established tank that has been set up and healthy for over a few months (and lives nearby), you can quickly cycle your own tank by taking some media (a handful of gravel, a snip from her filter pad - anything solid from inside the tank) and putting it in your own 10g at home for a few weeks. This will transfer the bacterial colonies that keep the water safe for the fish into your tank, and make things a LOT safer for your newest arrivals. Be sure to transport the media from one tank to the other in dechlorinated tap water, so the bacteria stays safe through the journey.

Keep asking questions, and learning - this hobby can be as complicated, or as simple, as you want it to be. You'll always find people here on TFK to help out, so never hesitate to start a thread or send a message. *hugs* Good luck!!!
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Old 10-10-2013, 10:25 AM   #48
 
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PRIME by Seachem. (Can't make the letters any bigger). It detoxifies ammonia (which was probably the problem with your goldfish). It also dechlorinates. It's among the best water conditioners you can get, and a bargain at the price.

You need it now and until you finish your cycle. After that, it's still the best thing going.
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Old 10-10-2013, 01:53 PM   #49
 
I put the fish in last night, and they seem to be doing fine right now.
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Old 10-10-2013, 04:17 PM   #50
 
If you don't mind, can you tell me a bit more about those fish? How much should I feed them?
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