Hey everyone! At the risk of sounding ignorant, I'm going to jump right in ...
My daughter's OT recomended fish for therapy for her autism.
I have never owned anything more than one betta in a vase (he did make it 3 years!).
So I'm really really new!
I bought a 55g tank this weekend and hauled it to my house with all the fish (what a chore!) We tried to save as much water as possible at least 50%.
All the fish made it okay, but I re-homed three (personal choice there)
Here is what I have:
2 Angelfish (about 4 inches nose to tail)
2 congo tetras (about 2 inches each - no coloring)
1 parrot fish (about 3 inches)
1 Red Fin Shark (about 1.5 inches with some injuries ?tank mate ?tank decorations)
2 Kuhli loaches (about 2 inches)
After 24 hours here are my readings:
Temp = 78.3
PH = 7.8
Amonia = 0
Nitrate = 0
Nitrite= 0 *shouldn't this have some reading, or am I in for a tank cycle?
(getting a kH and gH testing kit soon - but I know the water here is HARD as can be)
The condition of the tank was bad, there was a filmy mold on the light fixtures, mold in the tank I had to scrape with a razor blade and lots of salt water/hard water crusts on all the tank fixtures and filter. The carbon filters were covered with black sludge, but I rinsed them and am reusing them till the tank clears more then I plan on replacing them. I guess the black sludge is good for the biofilter(?) so I left those as is, only lightly rinsed them in the used "old" tank water.
I just now noticed the angels have little white spots on their tailfins - maybe 2 or 3 on each. Nothing on the bodies of the fish or on any of the other fish at all.
So here are my questions:
1. Should I start treatment for Ick now, or wait a few days for further water cycling, because the instructions say to do a 50% wc after treatment, but I think it might stress the fish too soon.
2. The red tail Shark - I'm not sure he's happy, he hides out under a decoration even during feeding. I can't see the extent of his injuries, but my brother doesn't think that its bad. I also read he was uncompatible with Angelfish and Parrots - anyone else have this issue?
3. The previous owners used aquarium salt but I read that it was bad for loaches, should I continue to use it? Is there a way to test for too much salt?
4. Last but not least, do I really need a plecostomus? the one that was in there wasn't eating the algae that I could see, since there was such a large amount. Right now there would be nothing for him to eat since I rinsed it all away.. but I really don't like plecos (another personal choice I guess)
Thanks for any help/suggestions - sorry for the mispellings - its late here and I'm tired