03-02-2008, 09:25 PM
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Hello and Welcome.
Your Ammonia level is very high. Probably the #1 cause of the deaths you had. If it ever goes above 0, it should only be for a short period (after adding new fish), then dropping back to 0 quickly. Nitrites too. If your ammonia is that high and your nitrites are 0, I am going to bet you added tap water to a tank and dumped your fish in.
You need to cycle your tank, it can take up to a month or so depending on how many fish you plan to keep, tank size, etc....it won't happen overnight.
On a side note, nice to see your tap water has 0 nitrates...wish I could say that. I have to use RO simply because of that (plus the fish I keep need low pH and softer water).
So as long as you start over with fish that can handle high pH and hardness, you should be OK
#1) Cycle your tank fully before you add fish (search the forum)
#2) Exchange 50% of your tank water weekly thereafter. (be sure to add dechlor)