Having some trouble/concerns about new tank. New to maintaining an aquarium... Please give advice?
Here's the Stats:
Aqueon size 14 glass tank 20"x10.5"x16.5"H
Aqueon quietflow power filter
50W submersible heater
Bubblestone & Gravel
Stock: (4 Fish Total)
One 2" 'Giant Danio'
One 2-3" 'Common Pleco
One 1.5" 'Starfire Glofish'
One 2-3" 'Diamond Tetra'
Is this too many fish? It feels like the tank is empty! Once the water issue is corrected, is it okay to add any more fish?
I wasn't told by Petco people that we needed to cycle the tank when I asked what to do to get started... (Didn't even know what cycling was before I found this forum...) As per their 'fish expert'; I set up/filled tank Saturday morning and used Tetra AquaSafe to condition water and ran with heater/filter for approx. 36hrs. then added fish Sunday evening (plus a tiny Neon Tetra that barely survived 8 hours...
Since Monday afternoon, tank has clouded. (Not severely, but noticeable) I picked up test strips this morning. Ammonia is at ZERO... Nitrate meaures 'Normal'... Water is 'Soft' ... pH = 'Neutral ... Alkalinity is Low to Moderate, Nitrite looks like its somewhere between .5-1.0 The tank Temp is steady at 74 degees... Honestly, though... I hope I'm reading the test strips correctly! So I have elevated NITRITES?? What to do about that?
I put in about 5ml of the Nitraban last night... since what I read on other sites seemed to indicate that I might have elevated nitrates...
I have the following onhand... Tetra "NitraBan" Easybalance... Tetra "AquaSafe"... Jungle "Correct pH for Community Tanks"... Jungle "AmmoniaClear" and the Aqueon 'WaterConditioner' that came with the tank...
I think the fish are acting strange... last night the Danio was hovering at the top of the water behind the heater... The glofish will swim around a little and then look like he's stuck in on spot & fighting a strong downward current... Today the Danio and Diamond Tetra are hiding in the back corner... They all seem to hide when I turn on the hood light... Could it be too bright? They all seem happier when light is off!
ALSO! I've been reading people suggesting 20% or 50% or whatever 'water changes' that means one should remove & replace that amount of water, I assume... But when replacing the water, what should one be using? Tap water with the water conditioner added? Does the new water have to sit out for any length of time before being added to tank??
Advice please! :) Thanks in advance!