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Mycael 03-02-2008 12:01 PM

New Tank
I had a 17L tank but the water was horrible so i set up another 17L tank, but I had to put fish in straight away, so the cycle is happening with fish.
But i have some problems and questions:

1.) My oldest fish, can't swim. it floats around with the current, and if it dos move it seems to only use one side of it's body, possible stroke.

1.b) I might have to euthanise the fish, what is the bet way?

2.) My other fish, who is small, can't handle the surrent m Fluval 1 gives out, but the filter can't be above water. Is there anything i can do to slow it down?

3.) How long should a cycle take?

4.) How often and how much water should i change?

5.) How long does it take for a fish to learn to eat flake food, as my new fish doesn't. I don't think the pet shop used flakes.

Dtld9 03-02-2008 04:10 PM

Did you slowly let your fish adjust to the new water, if not you may have put it into shock.

You could put something in front of the current to beak it up and slow it down that may help, I've read of people doing this.

The tank can take anywhere from 2-6 weeks, with there being fish in there it will take longer due to the fact that you will have to do water changes to keep them from getting ammonia poisoning. The water change should be about 30% Once a week or sooner if the ammonia or nitrites start to get too high. You can also speed this new tanks cycling up by using gravel, decorations, or filter media from your old tank.

New fish need to adjust to new water sometimes before they will start eating, some won't eat if the water parameters are bad. I just recently lost a couple puffers due to this mistake :(

Do you have a liquid test kit? If so test your old 17L tank and tell us what the parameters are. What was "horrible" about the water? What fish do you have? If you help us understand you problem we could be of much more help to you. You may be able to "fix" your old tank so you don't end up losing fish as some are fragile to cycling water.

Flashygrrl 03-02-2008 06:21 PM

What kind of fish IS the other fish, anyways. It would be helpful to know so we can maybe figure out what it will eat.

Mycael 03-03-2008 09:58 AM

I don't have any water testing kits, is there any visual way to see if there is any ammonia etc (the water has a blue tinge)

The fish sadly died yesterday.

The other fish, seems happy with the current if it needs to rest it goes under the filter where there is no current.

The shop just listed the fish as Goldfish, I'm using Goldfish Flake food.

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