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My new Aquarium killed my fish: Where did I go wrong?
Old 01-03-2012, 11:45 AM   #11
 
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I will be honest with you here. I have never cycled a tank this way. I know the principals behind it so I will say this. I would start over if it was me. I would drain the tank. Fill it back up with dechlorinated water. Add a small amount of fish food once a day. Once you get a ammonia read you can adjust how much "food you add. I would keep the ammonia somewhere around 1ppm. From there you should shortly see nitrites(say shortly but could take days or weeks). Once those are there and nitrates start showing up the nitrites should start dropping. The whole time keep the ammonia up as this is what is feeding the other bacteria.. once you have ammonia levels no nitrite levels and have nitrate levels. I would do a water change, vacuum the gravel (to get rid of any excess food). This will help bring down the ammonia and some of the nitrates.
Ammonia should never be higher then .25 with fish in the tank. Nitrites are deadly at any level to fish, and nitrates should be below 40 some will say less then 20.
Great advice =) +1
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Old 01-03-2012, 11:46 AM   #12
 
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Lesson 1 -- read a lot of articles on this issue before even buying a tank
Lesson 2 -- IGNORE all chainstore representatives about fish
Lesson 3 -- Go to a single shop aquarium store and ask for advice, look at their aquarium stock and see if they are in good shape (clean water, healthy active fish, etc)
Lesson 4 -- READ some more
Lesson 5 -- if you think you're ready, you're not, read more!
Lesson 6 -- when you're sick of reading, read some more, once you feel like you're asking the right questions, then start building your aquarium.
I completely agree, great info.
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