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post #11 of 12 Old 02-18-2012, 08:56 AM
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I agree with Abbeysdad.

On another note, please take some of those fish back. The cichlids will soon (never know which day, but it will be sudden) turn on everything in the tank and rip the mollies apart.

The puffer will soon turn on everything too, but it will probably die from water problems sooner rather than later. It needs brackish water. Google it.

Please research the fish you have, instead of listening to what the pet shop says. All they want is to make a sale.

Adding an airstone might help a little.
When your tank is cycled, stop adding the salt. Salt has no use in a freshwater tank. (salt levels for the puffer would be okay for the mollies, but not for the cichlids or CAE)
Please go out and buy a good water test kit. Tetra and API both make them. They will let you test the water for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate

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post #12 of 12 Old 02-18-2012, 09:06 AM
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I agree with the need for a water test kit. I would also purchase a bottle of PRIME water conditioner. I would do a 50% water change today, add Prime and then test again tomorrow. What kind of filtration do you have?

I agree that bringing back the Ciclids and puffer is the way to go for now. With the other fish in that tank I might add some live plants that can suck up any toxins in the water. (suck up not the technical term) Pennywort or Water Sprite that you can just float on top. Maybe some Hygrophila Corymbosa as this is a major Nitrate buster and it will grow fast. Your fish will thank you for doing these things for them. Having fish is fun once you learn how to pick the right fish for your situation and to care for them properly. Good luck, I hope you can get it all worked out for your fish.

Also, a note on the water test kits. The API liquid test kit is what I recommend. When adding the drops to the test water, make sure you hold the bottles exactly upside down. That way the drops will be uniform and your test will be accurate. Also, shake the heck out of the Nitrate regent 2 for at least 2 minutes because it can give false results if not properly shaken for long enough.


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