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WakeMeUp 09-14-2009 05:24 AM

FishTank Help!
Iv put my 2 platys and a weather loache into my tank i bought it second hand the other day filter works fine.

But as soon as i put them in the water got cloudy in a few hours. Why??? I dont want to clean this tank every few days.

I put a Air pump in there, i hope this dosent scare the fish. but it came with the tank is the pump what makes the tank clean??


WakeMeUp 09-14-2009 06:29 AM

The fish also keep rising to the top of the tank D: please people i need answers, currently running air pump, i heard that they could be rising to the top because of lack of oxygen. And also because of the Nitrates or nitrites are high, but how is that possible since this tank has been used before i thought this only occurs when its a new fish tank with no bacteria in it before.

JohnnyD44 09-14-2009 07:39 AM

How long since the tank was last used since you bought it? If the tank sat in a basement for a weeks weeks since its last use, all the benefecial bacteria is dead, and you will need to start pretty much from scratch.

If the tank was running and the filter media was kept wet during down time (breakdown of tank and transportation), then it's possible your tank is going through a mini-cycle. Which is ok too.

Some questions which will help figure out your problem:
1) How long was the down time of the filter?
2) Did you keep it wet during the move if the filter was being used at time of purchase?
3) size of tank and kind of filter

You need to also get a water sample tested to see where your levels are. Do this as soon as possible and we can go from there, a pwc (partial water change) woudn't hurt either. Change out about 20% of your water.

Cycling is a process which can tank weeks or even months to complete, you need to be patient and if you are starting from scratch, you will be looking at almost daily water changes to keep your levels in check and save your fish.

PS - Welcome to the Fish Forum!!

WakeMeUp 09-14-2009 07:55 AM

I bought it second hand so i have no idea, and i didnt buy it clean it was dirty.

so i have no idea it was at a market the filter looks clean iv taken it apart the fans good.

I read the manual and ill tell u what it says:

This tank is an AR380 Model it has a Carbon cartridge absorbs chemicals from the water, removes ammonia, impurities , treatments and toxins.

my weather loache is going crazy , and 1-2 hours ago it was just sitting still bearly moving.

AND How long do i have to wait to use water that i just conditioned 2 minutes ago

JohnnyD44 09-14-2009 08:05 AM

Well if you bought it at Flea Market, chances are all of that benefical bacteria is now dead. i know it's not the news you want to hear, but its sounding like your are starting from scratch as far as a cycle process goes.

Do you know anything about how to cycle a tank?

If you use water conditioner you can add the water to your tank right away. What kind of conditioner are you using? Can you get a sample of your tank water tested?

WakeMeUp 09-14-2009 08:08 AM

i added the drops yesterday when i set it up, do u want me to add more now?

JohnnyD44 09-14-2009 08:12 AM

what do you mean by drops? Your conditioner?

You should add that to your water before you replinish it to the tank.

Are you familar with the cylcing process when fish are involved?

WakeMeUp 09-14-2009 08:18 AM

No not really, iv replaced 5 liters of the water 22l tank. It looks a bit cleaner, ill be up for the whole night.

JohnnyD44 09-14-2009 08:22 AM

Tips for Cycling Your New Aquarium - The First Tank Guide - Getting Your Fish Tank Up and Running with Minimal Headaches

read up on that, and if you have anymore questions, please feel free to ask. You're most likely at the beginning of a cycle.

If you can, go get your water tested, and while you are there pick up a API Master Liquid Test kit. It's crucial to your cycle of a tank, also a siphon wouldn't hurt either for pwc.

WakeMeUp 09-14-2009 08:23 AM

Yeah i do have one more question will a air pump make all the fish nervous? I just bought them today and they all kept rising to the top so i made the pump run for extra oxygen

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