03-15-2009, 08:29 PM
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Hi Spammyann. and Happy Birthday to your son. Take your time with the tank. Like I saw on someone's signature, nothing good happens fast in a fish tank. Let it settle out, don't add anymore fish. Hopefully some will survive. You really need the liquid test kit. I got one for $23 with shipping on amazon.com. API master test kit. If your are going to try to let the tank cycle (bacterias grow, feed on ammonia, feed on the nitrites, blah blah) with fish in the tank you are going to have to water changes till the bacteria kicks in. I cycled mine with angelfish, but also did 33% water changes daily. I also added a lot of bacteria from a donor tank.
Good luck, and thanks for the laughs!