Hi! I would have sworn that I registered at this forum last week and posted my question, but when I returned I wasn't recognized. (?) So I registered again.
A few weeks ago I bought a small aquarium without doing anymore research than asking questions at a pet store. I now know that trusting pet store employees was not very bright.
I thought I was getting off to a good start by reading the guide that came with the tank and watching the DVD as well. I also read all instructions that came with the filter and chemicals. But then I went to buy a few telescope eye goldfish from the store and was assured that my little tank was good enough. I had two fake plants and one real one.
Everything seemed to go okay for the first four days and then one of the fish began hanging around near the surface. It seemed to be fighting to get anywhere. I finally started looking at resources online and found out that it probably had swim bladder disease and there wasn't much I could do except stop feeding for a few days and then try feeding them peas. I also discovered that I should have had a 10 gallon tank, minimum, for those fish.
The sick fish died and the other two continued to be okay, surviving my chemical treatment and filter cleaning last Sunday, but now I can see a slightly greenish tint to the water. When I cleaned the filter materials again this week I could feel definite slime beginning to start and this surprised me since there are only 2 fish and I've been pretty careful not to overfeed them.
The plan was to get a snail soon and hope I could keep the snail population down. Will a snail or two help with this problem or is there some other product I should use to get rid of algae? Is it possible that I was overdoing it with the chemicals? For a 5 gallon tank I was putting in half a capful of Aquaplus, 1/2 capful of Cycle and the same amount of Waste Control once per week.
Oh, another problem, I just tried the syphon for the first time and it didn't work! I watched the DVD again first to make sure I would do it right and pushed the syphon up and down in the water rapidly as shown, yet the water didn't go up and through the tube! I had to scoop out a 1/4 of the tank's water to replace it.
Thanks for all advice.