Cloudy water and almost all my fish have died
Hi i'm new here so sorry for any info i'm lacking.
I have a 29 gal tank
My aunt had a tank set up for years with no problems and perfect water, about 2 months ago I decided to put my fish in her tank ( about 30 guppies mostly babies) and the goldfish. About 2 weeks later the water turned cloudy and all the fish started dying.
I repeatedly went to the pet store and had my water tested and they told me the levels were all normal.
The owner gave me the same chemical they put in their tanks and it seemed to keep my fish alive but not fix the cloudyness. Ive been doing small water changes and last night did a 50% water change and 3 more fish died.
The only testing kit i have is for pH levels and they seem to be fine.
Need number's for pH, ammonia ,nitrites,nitrates rather than word's like normal, spot on,fine, perfect ,etc.
Were it me, I would perform twice weekly water changes of around 10 gal with water conditoner such as PRIME.
Would feed fish once each day for a few week's and see if this does not take care of cloudy water.
Would clean filter material once a week in old aquarium water you take out during water changes.
Thank you, I dont have any testing kits other then the pH so i dont know what my other levels are. I have the original filter which has been with the tank for many years and recently bought a second filter.
I have also tried the salt water treatment but it didnt seem to help any.
I have also minimized the food for 3 weeks now.
Ill keep trying with the water changes and hopefully no more fish die.
im also wondering if i should set up a small tank while im figuring out this problem. And if so, how would i go about doing that? I have a spare 10gal I could set up.
Well , I don't know that I would set up a small tank to treat fish? for ???
Would wonder if tank water may have went too long without water change and sudden change in water chemisrty after water change did not have negative effect on fish.(happen's frequently)
Sudden die off of fish can also be result of contaminate that found it's way into the water (ie) soap on hand's, aerosol spray's,maybe forgetting to use dechlorinator at water change, too many feeding's by numerous people?
Is easy to forget where hand's have been and then we stick these hand's in the tank and fishes react accordingly.
Small twice weekly water changes with dechlorinator such as PRIME would be my approach for a few week's. These smaller water changes don't have the impact on fish that sudden large water change would and will help get the tank back in shape for some new fishes after a few week's.
Just my two cent's.
I think i've narrowed it down to high ammonia levels. i did alot of reading and think i added to many fish at once and there was probably over feeding, my boyfriends seems to think the eat lots! i havent allowed anyone but me to feed the fish in the last month.
I checked my pH and my levels were at 7.6!!
i did a small water change then i added pH down and im now at 7.2 and will retest soon.
my fish are even looking happier!
i really hope im on the road to recovery lol :-D
Using product's like ph up or down has negative effect on fishes for each time you change water,,the pH will fluctuate and eventually return to the original 7.6 due to the buffering capacity that your water has.
Fluctuating water chemistry is hard for fishes to handle and their immune system weaken's, which in turn makes the fish more suceptible to disease,parasites,bacterial pathogen's,fungus,etc.
Tapwater and a good conditioner like PRIME is all you need to keep a wide variety of fish along with regular maint ,water changes.
Vaccum one half the gravel in the tank one week ,and the other half the following week,clean filter material each week in old aquarium water (not tap water).
Feed fish once a day and no more than you actually SEE them eat in a couple minutes.
the test kit i have only goes to 7.6 so it may have been higher?
ive used prime for a long time and it doesnt seem to be helping at all.
how often can i put it in the tank? just when i do water changes?
What color is the cloudyness you never said that, at least I didn't see.
its kind of white-ish?..it definately isnt green or brown like algae. when i do my water changes the water looks clear in the bucket but in the tank its cloudy if that helps.
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