Hi, let met start off by saying I've got a 10g tank with a baby upside down catfish, dalmatian molly, and a rainbow shark.
We've had the tank for roughly a month. When we first got it, we let it run for about a week with zero fish.
We added a tiny bit of freshwater salt, and the tap water chemicals that make the water safe for fish.
After about two weeks the water became cloudy and yellow. At which I was getting ready to do my first water change.
I took a sample of the water to petco and they said everything checked out fine. But I did a little online reading and found out I've been over feeding the fish.
They told me to feed 2-3 times a day, and I was probably doing 3-4 small feedings a day for a few weeks (the molly likes to beg )
Its been a good 2 weeks since I learned how to properly feed the fish, and I also preformed another water change.
But I've still got the same results, water is cloudy and yellow. I took the water to get tested and everything was fine once again.
I did a little more online reading and found information on a gravel cleaner. I picked one up and hopefully this weekend when I do another water change it will help clear the water up.
Anyway, I was reading on the cycle the tank has to do before fish can be added. I had no idea about this and it seems now I have to do a cycle with fish in the tank.
Could anyone give me some advice with this? Will my tank be fine with weekly water changes / gravel cleanings?
Not sure what to do here :-(
I would buy an API liquid water test kit, it is a lot more accurate than the test strips used at store.
These test will help you determine when you need to do a water change and how much water to change out.
Ammonia and nitrites are highly toxic to your fish. I have done fish cycles. I tested the water 1 or two times daily. Tried to keep both ammonia and nitrites under .25 ppm. Sometimes daily water changes where needed to keep these levels under control.
Once the tank is cycled, weekly water changes are usually enough. The rainbow shark will get a little large for a 10 gal. So be sure to test your water often.
I'm not sure how to tell when the tank is cycled?
And how did you do a daily water change, don't you have to prepare the water 24 hours ahead of time?
As the member mentioned above, I would get a API Master Liquid Test kit....during your cycle stage you will to test your water everyday.....these test kits are about $25 in stores.....not only are they way more reliable than the dip strips....but for me atleast, spending $25 once is better than driving to Pet Smart everyday and getting my water tested.
First of all, I would like to commend you for doing your part in researching further despite being convinced by your store to do things the wrong way which unfortunately happens and has happened to a lot of us. Don't blame yourself for the mistakes. It will happen and you will eventually grasp everything as you research further.;-)
I notice the tank has a wrong combination of fish especially when you consider their final size. Could you please post a picture of your baby upside down catfish? Is it a Synodontis nigriventris by any chance? If so, these ones reach 3-4 inches in size and are by nature, shy but sociable fish so a big tank really needs to be set for this fish if you want it to thrive in the long run.
Rainbow sharks are another issue. They are by nature quite aggressive and the limited space can endanger your other fish from constant harassments perpetrated by the rainbow shark. Your molly is appropriate for that tank size but if you really want to widen your options, I suggest you get a larger tank if money and space are not an issue. Look into Craiglist where you get plenty of tank bargains.
If you have any more questions, please feel free to ask.
As expected, great advice from all. The only thing I would respectfuly add,, Is not to clean the filter material while your tank is going through this maturing, (cycling process) The good bacteria that you want will in large part ,be found in the filter. It may be that this good bacteria has already begun to develop (good). So unless the water cannot enter the tank, or is slowed down considerably,, then you will not want to clean or replace it. If the filter material gets clogged,, you can take it out and swish it around in some of the old aquarium water that you remove during water changes and stick it back in. When it literally begins to fall apart then you can replace it. Your tank has been running for near a month and you may be well on your way to having an established biological filter, wouldn't want to destroy any portion of it.
Thanks for the replies guys.
I'll go out this weekend and snag up one of those kits.
Nope, there is no driftwood in the tank. 2 plastic plants, some easter island head (for the shark to hide in) a large rock, and a small happy shark decoration haha(GF likes cute things ><)
@1077 I wish I would of known this sooner. I got rid of the old filter last week :(
As for the baby cat fish, it can't be longer then 1/2" long. He is really energetic. He'll swim in a pattern ALL day long all the way around the tank. Starting from the front left corner he'll go to the front right, back right, pause for a minute in front of our bubble strip and try to swim through the bubbles. But everytime he gets about half way through and the bubbles just push him up to the top haha
Yeah, after purchasing the fish and doing some reading I've found that my make-up of fish isn't exactly ideal...but what can you do? Were already attached to them!!!
So a bigger tank will be in our future, I just want to make sure I can maintain this smaller one and do everything in my power to do this the right way before I move on to something bigger...
Picture of said catfish.
Sorry its blurry, hes a fast fish!
Great post Lupin!!!
Twistersmom is right, you should get a test kit ASAP and get ready to do some water changes....i would pick up siphon to make your changes easier and pick up an extension to the standard tube...you can then run it out a window, or into a sink to save you filling a bucket and risk spilling it.
Here is a better picture.
the catfish is in the happy shark lol
the rainbow shark is in the easter island head.
and the molly is there in plain sight!
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