10-18-2012, 02:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Byron
On the heater, do you mean the temp setting is 72, or the tank temp is 72? You should have a good thermometer in the tank to keep aware of the temperature.
I agree with what others have mentioned. I usually add water that is 1 or 2 degrees cooler (by hand) as this stimulates the fish like a tropical rainstorm. Unless you have very sensitive species (chocolate gourami or something) this works fine.
To the dead fish, this does not sound like it was related to the water change. The "white cloudy" is perhaps fungus, or it may be a washing out of the fish's colour; in either case, this means the fish was dead in the tank probably for several hours, perhaps a day or two. A fish being killed and removed within a few minutes will not appear like this.
You can pour the fresh water into the tank from a bucket; this is unlikely to harm the fish unless it is weakened by something to begin with. But one option is to use the siphon hose to refill from the pail; if you can place the pail above the level of the tank top, it is easy to use the hose to siphon the water into the tank. I used to do this until I got my Python, and found it disturbed the aquascape less than pouring from a pail which is more difficult to control. Another thing I now do with my 10g which is too small for a Python is to prepare the pail of water, then use one of those plastic pitchers [solely for aquarium use] that hold a quart or so of water to scoop out some water from the larger pail and pour it more gently into the tank.
Both the temp of the water is 72 and the heater is set to 72. Before I did the water change I counted the fish all present. As soon as I was done seen one dead. Yea I'm going to get a smaller bucket to refill the tank slower. Posted via Mobile Device