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New to this. My fish keep dying, usually when I do water changes or add fish.
Old 09-01-2010, 07:31 PM   #51
 
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Well, it looks like your tank has cycled. You need to do water changes. so if the fish were dying after water changes you need to figure out why. How are you conditioning your water change water? If you are buying all of your stick from the same place, maybe the stock isn't in the best of health when you are getting it. I know I've had losses when I've bought from some shops, but other shops all fish survive. I'm not sure what you mean by keeping the tank "too clean"? Maybe don't float the bag for so long. The temperature needs to adjust, but there's not much air in there. Also, maybe net the fish out of the water in the bag, rather than draining them out of the water. Just some suggestions, I'm not sure how useful they are.
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:23 AM   #52
 
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Well, it looks like your tank has cycled. You need to do water changes. so if the fish were dying after water changes you need to figure out why. How are you conditioning your water change water? If you are buying all of your stick from the same place, maybe the stock isn't in the best of health when you are getting it. I know I've had losses when I've bought from some shops, but other shops all fish survive. I'm not sure what you mean by keeping the tank "too clean"? Maybe don't float the bag for so long. The temperature needs to adjust, but there's not much air in there. Also, maybe net the fish out of the water in the bag, rather than draining them out of the water. Just some suggestions, I'm not sure how useful they are.

Ok I will do water changes. I am using the hartz water conditioner I follow the directions per gallon. I then let the water sit for a few hours before adding. Tonite I added a Dalmation Molly, red velvet wag and 2 black neon tetras. I see a big difference on how they acted when I added them to the tank. Before most of the fish were just lying on the bottom and not swimming around much. These fish already seem happy in the tank. I didn't float them quite as long this time maybe only about twenty minutes at the most. I do appreciate your suggestions. I was looking though some pix of platy's tonight, and I noticed in a lot of these pix the platy's have those brown spots on their heads so I'm not as worried about that now. I'm hoping I have gotten my tank stable now. I do a fish count twice a day..lol....and I have totally fell in love with my new Molly! I didn't realize fish keeping was so much to learn at first, but I'm very glad I found this site. I'm excited to get my first tank going properly. I have learned a lot from this site and my mistake. Thanks so much, I will keep everyone up to date on how my fish are doing!
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Old 09-03-2010, 06:15 AM   #53
 
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Glad your tank is doing better now you can hopefully stop worrying and start enjoying them.
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Old 09-03-2010, 12:26 PM   #54
 
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Glad your tank is doing better now you can hopefully stop worrying and start enjoying them.
Thanks! I'm telling ya, I luv to just sit and watch them! I'm so glad things are going better. I did a fish count this morning and didn't have any fatalities over nite! I was jumpin up and down this morning! I'm looking forward to upgrading my tank little by little. Hope to have it as a planted tank eventually, but need to upgrade filters and lights first. thanks to everyone that has helped me!!
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