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Old 10-05-2009, 01:34 PM   #11
 
... and make sure you don't get any more fish until you're fully cycled!!

In case you don't kow how to tell that, when you have a test kit (ASAP), you should test daily. You'll see ammonia go up. As the bacteria build, they start to convert the ammonia to nitrites, the ammonia will start to drop and the nitrites will go up. When the nitrite eating bacteria start to build, the nitrite goes down and nitrate goes up.

Ammonia and Nitrite are highly toxic. If either starts to go too high(above .25ppm), do a water change right away. When both have gone up and fall back to 0, you're cycled. I'm betting someone will see this and get you a link to a proper description of cycling, but this one won't hurt you until then!

Cichlids are also sensitive to nitrates, but it's not nearly as bad as ammonia or nitrate. Someone on the cichlid forum will be able to tell you how low you need to keep that. Nitrate is controlled just by changing the water.
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Old 10-05-2009, 03:27 PM   #12
 
Also a good thing is that you ahve 2 currently small chiclids and not a buncha fish like some people get. This means your tank will have more time to cycle with a lower bioload. Dont worry so much their behavior actually sounds fairly normal. Just follow the advice given and ti should all be ok. Has your water clouded up?
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:22 AM   #13
 
nope water has not yet clouded up yet. I am actually nervouse about doing a water change I have no idea why. But everything Should be good.
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Old 10-06-2009, 04:08 AM   #14
 
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Remember to use your water conditioner and try to add new water around the same tempt.
I am sure it will all go well for you.
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Old 10-07-2009, 12:34 AM   #15
 
Okay well I did my first water changed I used a pickle bucket from work. And I asked this kid who worked at a pet store. He said that would be fine, to use. He did use a small amount of soap. But I did my water change and I have used a little to much of that chemical stuff by accident. But my fish are flipping out right now. So I AM SCARED. SO PLEASE REPLY I DID EVERYTHING you said may have put to much chemicals. Cause I put in this aqua clear and i didnt realize my girfiend put in some other chemical in also. SO i probably did to much. Also I am pretty sure I have peacock chilids.
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Old 10-07-2009, 04:16 AM   #16
 
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Can you give the complete name of all the chemicals added?
Can you test for ammonia, nitrite, and ph? If not, take some water to the store to be tested, post the results.
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Old 10-07-2009, 02:01 PM   #17
 
Can you describe 'flipping out' a bit more? It may not be so bad. If you said lethargic, breathing heavy, flicking against objects or unable to control thier swimming (upside down and in circles) it would be very bad. Flipping out could be normal chasing each other? I now mine most active when they're happy and healthy.

I'll let twistersmom answer for the chemicals, but you may want to plan another water change to reduce the concentration.

Stay calm, we all go through something like this our first time. I'm pretty new, but there are great folks here that will get you through.

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Old 10-07-2009, 08:12 PM   #18
 
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He did use a small amount of soap. But I did my water change and I have used a little to much of that chemical stuff by accident. But my fish are flipping out right now. So I AM SCARED. SO PLEASE REPLY I DID EVERYTHING you said may have put to much chemicals. Cause I put in this aqua clear and i didnt realize my girfiend put in some other chemical in also. SO i probably did to much. Also I am pretty sure I have peacock chilids.
Welcome to the forum!!! Its a really good sign that you are trying to fix your early mistakes and we have all made some at the beginning of this wonderful world of fish keeping.

You can easily buy a bucket from a dollar store or hardware store as you should never use soap on anything for the fish. You and your girlfriend can use a schedule for who does what, especially feeding.

It looks like everyone has given you some pretty good advise so far. Hang in there and keep us posted. Pretty soon you will feel comfortable once you get your tank under control and you will be able to sit back and enjoy it. Good Luck with your fish
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:14 AM   #19
 
Thanks guys I will deffiantly get the results from the water test I bought strips. I know dont tell me I shuoldnt have because they do not seem to work. Waiting to get paid so I can buy a test kit. Sorry gotta pay the bill to ya know. But I am going to go buy it. I have the two fish and one of them is smaller and stays near the top of the tank really not as active as the bigger one. But the other one is not that much bigger. But the bigger one loves chasing the smaller one around. And sometimes the little one chases the bigger one around. Food I put a pinch and kind of break it up so it looks like a lot of food. But the little one eats but I see his mouth moving but dont really see food going in. Big one looks like he eats. But active yes sometimes no but mostly look like they have fun swimming around. Also is it bad if the fish just chills at the top of the tank
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Old 10-08-2009, 12:15 AM   #20
 
Twisters mom I used Prime and AQua CLear.
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