05-09-2009, 09:30 AM
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Originally Posted by mtilton
I'm a beginner fish keeper. I bought a ten gallon tank about three days ago. I have the filter (of course), the air pump with an air stone, thermometer, and a submersible heater. I put TetraAqua AquaSafe in the water to take care of the chlorine/chloramine. According to instructions, 1 teaspoon for every 10 gallons of water.
I bought two new fish today and one of them is already staying at the bottom of the tank. I know a little bit about nitrogen cycling but not that much. Please tell me how I can save it!
I don't even know what kind they are. This was before I released them into the tank. I floated it in the water for about 10-15 minutes. Please identify! Do one or both of them need a heater? Thank you.
The upper (orange) fish is a platy, the lower is a male swordtail. Both are livebearers. Your other questions have been answered by previous posts. I will add to the cycling info.
You should immediately add "Cycle" or a similar product to your tank. Cycle is a biological preparation that quickstarts the bacteria that are essential to detoxify the ammonia and the nitrite. If you read the links earlier posted you will understand this. "Cycle" or any similar product adds bacteria immediately, which in my experience eases the stress of new tank syndrome on fish in a tank that is cycling (a 2-8 week process). Ammonia and nitrite are very lethal to fish.
Also test your water for pH. That will have some importance later on.