01-24-2013, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by palnud
Obviously I did something very wrong. All 3 fish croaked last night. If I get septo bac, wil that help with the beneficial bacteria / nitrogen cycling process? How long should I wait till I put something in there? I'm going back and forth btw getting 1 fantail goldfish (and nothing else) OR 1 male betta and maybe 2 otos? I just don't want to kill anymore fish.
First, do not rush out to buy any fish. This tank was not cycled and the fish died of ammonia poisoning. I can explain.
A new tank must cycle. This is what we call the establishment of certain bacteria to handle the ammonia and then the nitrite. You can read all about this here, please take the time to read this: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...m-cycle-38617/
Next, you need to plan what fish will work. You have a 10g which is quite small, too small for goldfish so please forget that.
Water parameters. Bottled water isn't always good for fish, unless it is completely pure water such as distilled or RO (reverse osmosis) but then you have to add minerals to it. We should look into your well water. Is there anything wrong with the well water? Do you drink it? How hard is it? Once we know this, we can look at fish, and consider live plants which will help with the cycling and continual water stability.