Hi all...I'm new to fishkeeping. I think I've made just about every mistake there is to make. I did follow the directions that came with the tank though. But, should have done more research before I began.
I was given a 5 gallon GLOFISH tank for Christmas. I have a mini heater, whisper bio filter, and airstone in the tank. I bought gravel and decorations made for a Glofish tank. I rinsed out the aquarium (using no chemicals) and washed all of the decor as well. I put all the chemicals in to get rid of chlorine, etc. I used Tetra Safe start plus. It has bacteria in it. I used Tetra AquaSafe Plus. It makes the water safe for fish. I used Tetra Easy Balance which maintains healthy water.
I also put some aquarium salt in the tank.
I let the tank run for 2 days before I bought fish.
I bought 5 glofish tetras.
After about 3 or 4 days they all developed ICK. I've been treating for that, but no luck. I did remove the carbon filter before treating with med's. I'm using Tetra ICK guard. It is obviously not working! I've had one death and there is one ready to die right now. None of the fish look healthy. The fins are all torn looking too. They are hiding too.
I've tested the water and all looks okay. But, I've been using the cheap test strips. I'm sure those aren't as accurate as the other methods of testing water.
Oh...our water is filtered. We have a filter system for the entire house.
The fish aren't eating either.
I know I have way too many fish for a 5 gallon tank. I should probably have only 1 or 2.
I don't know if I bought a bad batch of fish...I bought them at PetSmart. Or I didn't set up the tank properly.
What should I do? Keep treating for ICK? Start over?
Ive spent a small fortune on everything I've bought and I don't want to give up so easily. I want it to work.
Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.