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Betta died, And fear I'll lose my angel fish Please help?
Old 02-18-2010, 09:46 AM   #41
 
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Agree with most of above. For ten gal tank with three glowfish, I would feed the fish a tiny amount of food once a day ,maybe four or five flakes of food. I would not gravel vaccum cause you won't have much to vaccum in a new tank and you won't be overfeeding. I would also leave the filter alone for the next three weeks for as mentioned,,much of the bacteria(good kind) will be developing here. Filter should not need cleaning due to small amount of food that is being offered (Did I mention SMALL amount of food?). I would only use dechlorinator for the water that I repalced at water changes. I would want a dechlorinator such as PRIME or AMQUEL+ I would use nothing else in the aquarium, no stress this,cycle that,or any pH up or down potions or powders.
I would no matter what test's say ,change 2 to 3 gal of water from the ten gal tank each day or every other day and I would do this after fish have eaten for the day. For example..I might feed the fish of a morning and then change out 2 to 3 gal of water that afternoon.
If your water conditioner/dechlorinator does not clearly say on the bottle that it removes or detoxifies ,.Chlorine,Chloramines,AND AMMONIA I would look for one of the two products mentioned PRIME, or AMQUEL+ Many water conditioners only deal with chlorine and chloramines but leave the ammonia for bacteria to consume. This is O.K. in cycled tanks wher biological bacteria (good kind) is established but it is not a good product for new tanks that have yet developed a bacterial colony and fish are present.
If these suggestions are followed, there will be way less problems with regards to (cycling) and at around three weeks,, you should be able to add two or three SMALL fish to the aquarium and a week to ten days after that, another two or three SMALL fish.
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Old 02-18-2010, 06:36 PM   #42
 
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If you need good cycling fish, I reccomend good ol zebra danios. mine survived my cycling, though I did frequent w/c's.
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Old 02-19-2010, 12:39 AM   #43
 
Thanks to ALL OF YOU! I realllly apprecaite it! I will start the water changes again, and I will do some testing and post it.. I will also get the PRIME, as I've heard many mention it.. and I will NOT add anything else.. I never have rinsed the filter.. and am guessing I should not from what you've said..
I hope that the three little glo fish hang in there, they've been there since the beginning when all else died.. ":o[
So I hope they make it..
Thank you for all this input.. and I will report back soon.. and now?? I need to go do a water change!!!!
CROSS YOUR FINGERS FOR MOE ~ LARRY n' ~CURLY that they survive my ignorance... *yeeeeesh*

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Old 02-19-2010, 09:34 AM   #44
 
Just get into a water change routine for a couple of weeks and you should be fine. Make sure you treat the water going into the tank with your Start Right or Prime once you get it. As long as you do this, the 3 Glofish should be fine. As La Reina said, zebras are good starter fish, and GloFish are basically genetically modified zebras, so they should do just as well. Once the tank is cycled and you have an idea of your water parameters (test every few days, keep a log of the results), you can reduce the frequency of the water changes as long as the parameters stay within safe ranges.

Later, after the tank has been up for a while, you may want to periodicallly rinse the sponges from your filter in the water you are removing from the tank - don't use tap water, as the chlorine will destroy the bacteria. But, unless you have ALOT of big chunks of garbage floating around the tank, don't worry much about this until the tank is established.

Good luck! Keep us posted.
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Old 02-19-2010, 10:26 AM   #45
 
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Just get into a water change routine for a couple of weeks and you should be fine. Make sure you treat the water going into the tank with your Start Right or Prime once you get it. As long as you do this, the 3 Glofish should be fine. As La Reina said, zebras are good starter fish, and GloFish are basically genetically modified zebras, so they should do just as well. Once the tank is cycled and you have an idea of your water parameters (test every few days, keep a log of the results), you can reduce the frequency of the water changes as long as the parameters stay within safe ranges.

Later, after the tank has been up for a while, you may want to periodicallly rinse the sponges from your filter in the water you are removing from the tank - don't use tap water, as the chlorine will destroy the bacteria. But, unless you have ALOT of big chunks of garbage floating around the tank, don't worry much about this until the tank is established.

Good luck! Keep us posted.

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Old 02-19-2010, 05:20 PM   #46
 
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Just get into a water change routine for a couple of weeks and you should be fine. Make sure you treat the water going into the tank with your Start Right or Prime once you get it. As long as you do this, the 3 Glofish should be fine. As La Reina said, zebras are good starter fish, and GloFish are basically genetically modified zebras, so they should do just as well. Once the tank is cycled and you have an idea of your water parameters (test every few days, keep a log of the results), you can reduce the frequency of the water changes as long as the parameters stay within safe ranges.

Later, after the tank has been up for a while, you may want to periodicallly rinse the sponges from your filter in the water you are removing from the tank - don't use tap water, as the chlorine will destroy the bacteria. But, unless you have ALOT of big chunks of garbage floating around the tank, don't worry much about this until the tank is established.

Good luck! Keep us posted.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:37 AM   #47
 
Also make sure that your changing water is pretty close in temp. and PH (if you are buffering your PH in your tank at all this is essential). You don't want to shock your fish by fluctuating the PH or temp too much when you do your water change.
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