10-11-2006, 10:17 PM
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Yes agreed with Blue. That is way to many fish for a 20 fish tank. I do hope that the pleco's survive...poor little guys Because since u didnt cycle the tank ( not ur fault, u just didnt know ) your water parimeters will be varied, and once u get ammonia and nitrite that is very very toxic/harmful to the fish and pleco's can be sensitive to water quality...Persanolly i would take the pleco's and all the goldfish except 2 ( just guessing ) so you can cycle the tank...If you havnt read up on the " cycle " topic than this is short term what it is:
The fish make poop, which is turned into ammonia, and ammonia is very very harmful to the fish. Than in a little time the ammonia turns into nitrITE which is still VERY toxic to the fish along with ammonia. The point of cycling the tank is to get bacteria colonies in the tank because bacteria consumes the ammonia and nitrite and turns that into nitrATE. NitrATE isnt harmful barely at all BUT must be kept under 40. Once your ammonia is 0, Nitrite is 0, and nitrate under 40, your tank is cycled. Your probably wondering how to test the water or something huh? Well, i would recommend going to the LFS and getting a MASTER TEST KIT. It includes test kits for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph, kh or gh. Hope this helped!