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Trevor 04-15-2008 10:12 PM

Just got a new tank today
I purchased my first personal tank today and have 7 fish. 3 neon tetras, 2 flame tetras, 1 black tetra and 1 siamese algae eater. My dad owned a fish store when I was a kid and I've always kind of wanted to get a tank for myself. I used to help clean tanks and change filters and whatnot but I had a question about my fish. I have an Eclipse System 3 tank. The temperature is 76F. My fish are congregating around my heater mainly but the neon tetras are more daring at times darting around the tank. How long does it usually take for fish to warm up to their new environment? Just to let you know since I have turned the fluorescent light off they seem to roam a little more freely. This is my first post so try and go easy hah.

Dtld9 04-15-2008 11:55 PM

The tetras are all shoaling fish so they will be kinda shy in small groups.

Lupin 04-16-2008 12:49 AM

Check your water parameters regularly using liquid test kits for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH. If the ammonia and nitrites are detected, do a water change immediately to let them remain at zero or your fish will eventually die from poisoning. I would suggest you add your fish only after the tank has finished cycling. There is a sticky topic here by fish_4_all that will explain the nitrogen cycle. Test strips are unreliable so avoid them.

Flashygrrl 04-16-2008 05:32 AM

All those fish in an uncycled 3 gallon? That spells disaster. You need to take, oh, about 5 of those fish back. Also, the SAE is a bad idea anyways because it will eventually stop eating algae and start eating other fish.

Definitely do your readup on cycling. Seems like a surprise to you now, doesn't it? They never taught us about stuff like that when we were kids....

1077 04-16-2008 07:51 AM

With all do respect , Previous poster has confused SAE with chinese algae eater.

Flashygrrl 04-16-2008 04:21 PM

I really need to stop posting in the AM. :oops: Sorry :(

Trevor 04-16-2008 04:43 PM

its fine, don't worry about it. anyways the fish have started to move around a lot more now. i was also wondering about the neon tetras. two of them have a larger belly while the other has a more greenish stripe and no belly. are the two fatter ones females about to lay eggs? i just noticed that today.

okiemavis 04-16-2008 04:45 PM

They're probably congregating around the heater cuz they're chilly. Tropical fish do best in temperatures of at least 78 degrees (depending on the fish, this is a generalization), so I'd recommend turning up the temp a little bit.

beetlebz 04-16-2008 04:59 PM

yeah 78 degrees is a good spot for the heater, but for some reason ANY new fish I put in my 110g always head to the heater, and thats at 80 degrees ALL the time lol I dont know why, but alot of fish head to the heater <shrug>. BUT they only do that in the tanks where the heater is in the corner, so its probably a hiding/comfort thing.

both my 10g tanks, same thing. the heater is at 78 or 80 and the fish hang out around it when first added. they will liven up :)

just keep in mind, keep up the water changes.. neons arent the hardiest thing since sliced bread ;)

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