I started my new tank, letting it run 3 weeks just learned it should have had ammonia added. The parameters were neutral. Added 7 plat ties and two bamboo shrimp on 11/5. Seemed OK. Fed flakes, fish seems to finish all, fed times a day. Three days later Frye appeared-omg
caught11 and added baby tank.
Did 1/3 water change, added some live plants--nitrate,nitrite ammonia off chart added amquell- no change fish started flashing, algae started growing-added 3 algae eaters- that worked, shrimp molt ed on 11/10, turned red and died 3 days later. It had been cute,active constantly filtering-the other one stayed hidden.it also molt ed 11/23 and died 3 days later. Will not add more till nitrite is under control.
Am now changing water every morning after feeding and vacuuming as well as you can with fry and plants.ammonia 0,nitrate20,nitrite off chart,deep pink,hardness,150
Chlorine 0, alkalinety 120, Ph 7.2.
Fish no longer flashing but algae eaters dart back and forth at night
tank lights are on 12 hours.am feeding less.
Algae growing green spots on fake stump and black spots on plant leaf
I learned too late that my tank was not cycled. So unless you advise something different I will continue changing daily water,adding a mquell and stress symes as directed on bottle. Fertilize once a week with flora pride.
Oh, do I add warm tap water or should I heat on stove to get to 74, tank temp ???