Originally Posted by Byron
If it has been running (with fish) for 2 months, then yes I agree there is no need to be adding bacterial supplement.
Virginia, perhaps you could clear up our confusion. I had taken it that you moved the surviving fish into this 10g and were asking how to cycle. Jeff thinks this is a tank that has been running with fish for 2 months.
The 10 gallon tank started runing with one fish in April. Then I got the second fish a month ago (4 weeks). The first fish died. The surviving fish is living in the 10 gallon tank. The tank never had been runing continuously. I never knew if my tank cycled because I was recommended (by the Expert at the Pet Store) to make 25% water change daily, 50% water change weekly and 100% water change monthly.
So the tank had been empty and scrubbed with hot water at least 2 times. Not counting with this episode of my dead fish, I empy the tank again because it was treated with that PH buffer and I rinsed it, plus when the fish got fish rot, I was advised by the Pet store expert to clean the tank so once the fish be done with treatment, it does not get sick again.
I do have a 2.5 Gallon smaller tank I use as hospital if I need to. The surviving fish was there on treatment for fin rot while the other died in the just treated 10 gallon tank with the PH buffer.
I was attached to my first fish. He used to swim to the surface when I talk to him over the open top of the tank. It looked like he was a puppy wagging his tail coming to me when he saw me.
. I never had fish before so I did not know they were so smart and affectionate.
I have a note for you: My daughters (7 and 5 years old) won each one a goldfish at the school festival in February. I had no experience caring for fish. I put them in the 10 gallon tank with "softened water only" and TOP FIN water conditioner. I bought goldfish flakes and I bought a air stone. They died in 2 weeks. I never used bacterias or filter. I was changing 50% water once a week. It does not seem bad, but they died.
My kids begged for new fish, so I got really serious about it. So, I went and got only one fish in April (he died). I started measuring paramenters and I got confused with the PH. You know the rest of the story. I have one fish and I want it live the life it was meant to be.
I hope I clarify any confusion.
P.S. I wrote a letter to PETA and to the School Principal for giving away live animals as prizes. After that Festival, I hear that most fishes died. A fish is a serious matter. Because it is a 1 inch fish, does not mean their lives are worthless. Animals are not toys or disposable.