05-12-2012, 01:56 AM
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Change the water every day, and in this case, I may even suggest the cheater cycle in a bottle since you already have the fish in there.
The tank is just immature, and not cycled. Not an un-common mistake, I did the same thing first go around, and did it a second thinking I could cheater with not enough transferred well cycled rock to cycle a tank kept fed and wet.
As for the ich suspicion, I'm not there, and I can't see the fish, but I know when I messed up and put fish in an immature tank, they kinda looked like they had ich, mainly cuz of discoloration on the fins not being uniform, but it was not, it was just them struggling...I strongly doubt that's your problem.
Like said above, grab a test kit....But in an immature tank, the readings are going to be difficult to detect (even ammonia sometimes at this stage) The second and 3rd stage won't read at all, while somehow the tank is still killing fish in an immature tank.
Like Taz said, for now, change water every day for a while...
I tried a fish cycle in a 36 with little seeding and even though my test kit read all good on all 3 ammonia, Nitrite, and nitrate, it still took them out...Point being in an immature tank, the test does not tell the whole story quick enough in a young tank...At least in my experience.