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Fish Sitting in the Bottom
Old 02-07-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
 
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Hello, right now I have a Danio just sitting at the bottom of the tank, alive and hasnt moved much at all. I just cleaned the water, maybe that'll help.
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Old 02-08-2013, 08:32 AM   #2
 
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Hi Damian.
That is sure not normal Danio behavior! If you would like some help we need more info about the situation. Can you answer these questions for us? Thanks.

1. Size of tank?

2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia?
b. Nitrite?
c. Nitrate?
d. pH, KH and GH?
e. Test kit?

3. Temperature?

4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)?

5. How long the aquarium has been set up?

6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?

7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?

8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants?
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom?
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors?

9. a. Filtration?
b. Heater?

10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used?
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long?

11. a. Water change schedule?
b. Volume of water changed?
c. Well water, tap water, RO water?
d. Water conditioner used?
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed?

12. Foods?
How often are they fed?

13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms?
b. Appearance of poop?
c. Appearance of gills?

14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis?
b. What meds were used?

15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary.
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:01 AM   #3
 
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Hi Damian.
That is sure not normal Danio behavior! If you would like some help we need more info about the situation. Can you answer these questions for us? Thanks.

1. Size of tank?

3 Gallon Tank

2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia?
b. Nitrite?
c. Nitrate?
d. pH, KH and GH?
e. Test kit?

The store didnt have any test strips!

3. Temperature?

Out of thermometers... (Im not kidding at all)

4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)?

Fresh Water

5. How long the aquarium has been set up?

3 weeks

6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?

Danios, 2, 1 inch, 3 weeks

7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?

8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants?
Fake Plants
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom?
Gravel
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors?
No

9. a. Filtration?
Yes
b. Heater?
Not as of right now

10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used?
Normal lightening schedule.
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long?
No direct sunlight

11. a. Water change schedule?
b. Volume of water changed?
25%
c. Well water, tap water, RO water?
Tap Water
d. Water conditioner used?
Fresh Start
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed?
Do not vacuum

12. Foods?
How often are they fed?
Once per day

13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms?
b. Appearance of poop?
c. Appearance of gills?
rapid movement

14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis?
b. What meds were used?

15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if necessary.

Thank you!
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Old 02-08-2013, 11:31 AM   #4
 
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Ok a few things come immediately to mind.
First the tank is new and cycling which can take up to 6-8 weeks. You are likely heavy with Ammonia from fish pooping in their own water. You need to do daily water changes while you get thru the cycling process. Small tanks are very unstable compared to larger tanks and more difficult to manage really.
Sorry I didn't ask....
Water changes?
How much? How often? and
When was the last one?

I also need to ask what is the temperature outside where you live right now? If it is 70-80... then you don't need a heater. If it is anything less than 75 and if there is potential that the temp drops at night, then you need a small heater.

You need a thermometer to match your water temperatures when doing a water change. Your fish are Tropical, not cold blooded like Goldfish or Bettas. That size tank would be at minimum ok for 1 Betta. It is not suitable for any Goldfish and depending on what kind of Danio's you have... this tank may not be suitable for them either.
Can you elaborate more? Thanks for all the info.
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