I'm confused. I am running a new 20 gal freshwater tank which I guess I MIGHT have overstocked a little but I am not sure. I cycled the tank for a few days as required, then introduced the fish. 18 Guppies, 10 Platies, 1 Lonely Molly and 3 angels. Anyway, that is not what I am confused about...
I have been having a problem with slighlty milky water and having problems clearing it. I have been doing 1/3 water changes every 2 to 3 days, but no matter what I do I have been having AT LEAST 3 -4 Guppies a day die. I tried a FULL water change this morning and removed the Side Internal filter and replaced it with 2 standard Undergravel filters (going back to the basics). I have also removed all the decorations from the tank. The water seems to be clearing but for some reason the Guppies are still dying. They seem to experience a little decay on the fins which I thought at first might be fin rot, but none of the other fish in the tank seem effected at all. ONLY THE GUPPIES. The strangest thing of all is that the guppies LIPS (if you can call them that) have ALL turned a black color. The Molly , Angels and Platies dont seem effected at all.
We have a serious lack of decent Pet Stores here in the Middle East and I am having a heck of a time finding any water testing kits, but MIGHT have found 1 about 2 hours drive from here. Maybe will go tommorrow. The only pH testing things that I have been able to get are the little pH paper test strips which show a pH in the tank of 6.0 - 7.0.
In roughly 4 days I now have about 5 guppies left and even they are not looking very good. I have moved them all over to a quarintine tank but I think it is too little too late, but as I said, the other fish are still swimming around happily.