11-26-2008, 08:56 AM
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Prime won't return things to normal. If added in the right amounts it will detoxify it but its still there.
1) What kind of shark?
2) What kind of goldfish?
3) What are the sexes of the guppies
4) How "high" are these ammonia readings?
5) How are you measuring the ammonia, test strips, liquid test kit, fish store testing?
6) How do you maintain your filter? Cleaning, cartridges, et?
7) How often do you change the water?
8) How often do you vacuum the tank?
9) What temperature is the tank?
10) Do you have a heater?
I'm honestly not even sure where to start really.
The goldfish will outgrow the tank, RAPIDLY. It's too small to comfortably hold even a single gold fish much less two and other fish as well.
As far as I'm aware there is no freshwater shark who will do well in a ten gallon tank. Most of them get into the ~5" range with bala's getting to over a foot.
You've got cold and warm water fish in the same tank. This means one of three things. One the tank is to cold for the shark and guppies but just right for the goldfish. Two it's too warm for the goldfish but just right for the others. Three, it's at the perfect temperature to make everyone miserable.
Messy doesn't refer just to bits floating in the water. Goldfish make a LOT of ammonia waste, far more than other fish in their size range. Two goldfish in such a small tank will place a tremendous strain on your biofilter even if the water is crystal clear.
Ammonia is toxic to fish, it burns their gills. A high reading isn't something to dose a little Prime and be fine with, its a serious health concern for the fish.
From the pics you posted it looks like you've got a male and a female guppy in the tank. The female is likely to be harassed by the male, a lot. Typically you want to keep two to three females per male so that the males amorous attentions are spread around and some of the girls get a break. I wouldn't add any fish to your tank though. Also since you have a female and a male be prepared for them to start making babies. Lots of babies.
These questions are being asked because right now with the information you've given it looks like you're in for either a lot of dead fish or a lot of miserable ones.
Last edited by Tyyrlym; 11-26-2008 at 08:59 AM..