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karerolynn 03-15-2008 04:09 PM

Aquarium Troubles- New Tank
 
Hi to all,

I am a total newbie. Never had a fish for a pet in my life.

On Thursday, March 13, we set up a 10 gallon Top-Fin aquarium kit. Followed all the instructions. The water is clear except, at the surface where the water appears to be gray with tiny, tiny black particles floating in it. I have been searching on the internet to see what it is, however, I haven't found the answer. We will be receiving 6 male guppies on Monday. They will be my children's first pets and I want to make sure that the little guppies home is set-up right. What should I do? I have no idea.

Thanks in advance

Busgod 03-15-2008 04:22 PM

You have not left yourself enough time for your tank to cycle.

did you also buy a liquid test kit yet?

someone with more experience will come along and give you allot more info on proper set up! :D

marinebiologist21 03-15-2008 04:40 PM

Well, fishkeeping is more than just reading instructions.
Hold off on any fish for two weeks at the LEAST, giving time for bacteria to colonize in your water, stabilizing your water parameters.
Speaking of water parameters- yes, Bus is right.
You will need to get your hands on a liquid test kit to test for pH, ammonia, nitrite & nitrate levels.
DO NOT buy Test Strips.
Yes, these ARE easier and faster, however they are inaccurate and could lead to a big mistake.
These are useless.

Make sure with any fish you purchase you search for there size, behavior, etc online before you get them, as many Pet Stores are limited in which fish will fit what tank.

Any more questions?
Keep asking.
It's what FishForum is her for.

coley 03-15-2008 05:24 PM

It sounds like something wasn't washed good enough before filling it with water. What kind of substrate are you using? It could be from your gravel.

Do a search on "cycling a freshwater aquarium". It's something every tank must go through to be able to support healthy fish.

herefishy 03-15-2008 05:48 PM

Coley hit it right. The "floaties" are probably gravel too light to stay down. Have patience in cycling your tank. I would suggest fish other than guppies to cycle. Pearl danios are my fish of choice. A liquid test kit is also highly recommended.

karerolynn 03-15-2008 06:15 PM

Thanks so much to everyone. I have definitely found the right forum.

I will purchase a liquid test kit. I'm using topfin aquarium gravel purchased from Petsmart.

Herefishy mentioned the "floaties" are gravel too light to stay down. What are the "floaties"?

Should I dump everything out and start over?


You all just don't know how glad I am to have found this forum...talkin' bout a life saver...Whew!!!

karerolynn 03-15-2008 06:23 PM

Do I need to buy an airpump? The kit I'm using did not come with one. It came with a power filter and heater.

Thanks

Busgod 03-15-2008 06:28 PM

Take a small fish net and skim the surface of the water to remove the floating stuff.

keep top of water stirred up for awhile. some times the floties just have air around them and will sink with time.

coley 03-15-2008 06:35 PM

The floaties are noting to worry about. You can scoop them out with a net. It's just floating gravel.

Air pumps are not required. Your tank will get oxygen through the surface agitation from your filter. I use them as decorations really and some of my fish like to swim in the bubbles.

They won't hurt, if you like the look use one. If you do, use a filter and a check valve on the airline. You can usually find an airline kit that includes everything you need. Tubing, connectors, check valve, filter and clips.

karerolynn 03-15-2008 06:41 PM

Thank you so much :D


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