10-18-2007, 10:22 PM
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If this were mine I would start it over, using a better choice of fish for cycling. Drain the tank, rinse and wipe it out a bit, and refill it.
Be careful not to overdose water conditioner. This will cause a lot of pH problems that are difficult to fix. Also, be careful not to overfeed, especially during cycling. Anything that the fish doesn't consume within 1 - 2 minutes will pollute the water, and do so quickly. This is generally where the foul smells come from. Change the filter media, fresh carbon will help to clear smells from the water, but it has to be fresh, it can only hold so much waste.
Is there a heater in the tank? What do you have at the bottom for substrate? Are there live plants or decorations in the tank? The more info you provide the faster we can help you.
Good starter fish are going to be hard to advise at this moment, until I know what it is you desire to keep after cycling. I can usually find a safe fish to cycle with that will still work into your community later.
Are there specific fish you like? Let the newly set up tank run for a few days (3 - 5 days is best) without fish in it. During that time check out what fish are available to you and what you like, then we can help you select a safe fish to cycle with from your list, or suggest something that will work within your list.
Hope this helps!