I was wondering if it's possible for me to do a day-by-day reporting of the water on my tank, by listing the values and the actions I take, so that I can follow your suggestions.
It seems I haven't been able to make this work, and now I really want to take the best and safest route for my fish, since they've been stressed out by the mini cycles that keep happening because of my previous ignorance (not that I know much more now, but at least now I know I was doing all the wrong things).
I have a 10 gallon tank, 4 male guppies, 5 female guppies, three baby guppies (Jack (maybe 5 weeks old, my favorite :)), Jr (about 3 weeks), and Little (about 2 weeks old))
Then I have two clown loaches. They're still small, I know they'll get bigger, but I didn't know this when I got them. I didn't know much. Like I was telling the store manager yesterday at the fish shop when she asked me: have you even read a book? How are you doing all this? I anwered: I don't know. I just wanted a goldfish. This all started with a goldfish and a bowl, and I don't even know how it got so big so fast. Then she smiled and sold me more stuff.
Before you tell me I am overcrowded, I know. I've been told already, but at this point what can I do? I didn't know. I actually thought I had a lot more room for guppies in there. At the fish store the tanks are packed with guppies, so that starts you off with the wrong impression (wow, I can have 40 guppies in there).
I have two filters running, a box filter (with fiber and carbon), and a new AquaClear 30 (with foam, carbon, and some rocks in a net). I am waiting for the new filter to catch up and then I'll probably get rid of the old one.
On top of it all, there is ich in the tank, and I have the temp. at 81 F. and I am dropping in about 3 tablespoons of aquarium salt twice a day. Even though the sick girl (spotty) is looking better, and I haven't seen any other fish sick anymore. Another girl (yellow) has lost her colors, and I am a bit worried she might be the next one catching ich.
I just did a 50-60% water change like Blue suggested, and put some stress coat in there.
My levels now are:
pH=6 (it hasn't raised, not even with the powder from the store)
General Hardness=0 (does this mean I have soft water?)
Nitrate=between 40 and 80, so I would say 60.
I also tested the tap water and it has no nitrates nor nitrites, just to make sure.
So my water levels are still pretty bad.
What should my next step be?
Thank you for listening.