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MissBec 04-07-2014 06:30 AM

I just transfer my fish into my new tank? whats going on?
What's happening to my fish?
I transfer my two fish from 20 litre tank to a 120 litre tank yesterday, the betta has white strip all over her body, I believe it is caused from stress since my tank is cycling still... I think what should I do?

My Molly is fully black and his mohawk is turning a yellow at the top.

My 20 litre tank is struggling to cycle since the was too much fish for the bio load. I tested the water in my new tank today.
Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrate: 0ppm
Nitrites: 0ppm
Ph: 7.0

I have added API Stress Zyme to my tank, I transfer the old water, rocks and sponge into my new filter .

lilnaugrim 04-07-2014 07:18 AM

Looks like it hasn't started to cycle yet. Did you acclimate the fish to the new tank at all or just throw them in? This is a brand new environment for your fish so it's normal and expected for them to be so stressed out. Give them time and they should perk up in a few days. Do they have enough plants and cover? Funny how it happens; the more hiding places and plants you throw in the tank the more comfortable the fish and the more they will actually come out of hiding generally ^_^

SeaHorse 04-07-2014 08:18 AM

Yes moving fish from one tank to another is exactly like bringing them home from the store. Every tank and it's water has a bit different "make up" even tho it probably all comes from the same tap. But there's different rocks, different plants and possibly a different temperature.
So put them into a cup or bag, and add some new tank water and make sure that the temperatures are the same. It shouldn't take too long unless like my tanks, one is in a much colder room than the other and there is often a 4-5 degree temp difference between them.
Cycling... sounds like you know where you are headed but JIC... you are looking for a spike in your numbers... first Ammonia... then NitrIte...and finally NitrAtes. You are looking for a 20ppm on your Nitrates. Have you seen ANY numbers for the first 2 yet on the bigger tank? When did you set this new tank up? Moving the sponge and rocks is fabulous and will go a long way toward cycling this new tank faster.
How are they today?

lilnaugrim 04-07-2014 08:40 AM

+1 to SeaHorse ^_^

Yeah, crazy how different tanks can be even though they come from the same tap!! I had my 10 gallon pH drop to 5.5 because of some driftwood I had in there! It was steady which was nice ^_^ my pH came out of the tap around 6.2-6.4 and then my big 33 gallon was up at 7.6! That one was still getting settled though and eventually settled around 6.5 which was still a big difference!

@MissBec, if you want, tonight after lights off throw a towel or a blanket over the tank. The total darkness can help fish calm down, I've found this to be very useful during a Fish-In cycle just because it keeps them less stressed which means their immune system and keep functioning properly and keep diseases and illnesses away. Of course it's not an All-Cure, but just something to help keep things a little more calm ^_^ You can try it once and see how it goes, take the blanket off before lights on of course to let them acclimate to the light again, or you can do it nightly if you see it has a good effect on them. Some fish it doesn't help much but others it really works well!

SeaHorse 04-07-2014 09:05 AM

I also always do "lights out" for the rest of the day when bringing home new fish and acclimating them. And to me, moving them from one tank to another is equally as stressful as bringing them home. Just less jostling in the car drive home, but a huge, much bigger chase around the tank with a net. Might as well be the boogie monster. So lights out for the rest of the day as it is calming after that stressful event. (I'm not very good at catching them.) :cry:

lilnaugrim 04-07-2014 09:06 AM

Oh lol SeaHorse, yeah, I've gotten much better after chasing Diamond Tetras for an hour and a half one time! Ugg, some fish are waaayyy too quick!!

jimscott 04-07-2014 10:48 AM


Originally Posted by lilnaugrim (Post 4253625)
Oh lol SeaHorse, yeah, I've gotten much better after chasing Diamond Tetras for an hour and a half one time! Ugg, some fish are waaayyy too quick!!

Trying to catch zebras can be exhausting! :-D

lilnaugrim 04-07-2014 12:56 PM


Originally Posted by jimscott (Post 4254450)
Trying to catch zebras can be exhausting! :-D

Been there before too! I had to destroy my planted tank to catch three of them!!!! Horrible times for both myself AND the poor stressed out fish lol.

MissBec 04-08-2014 07:17 AM

I have 3 types of plants, betta fish seems all lot happy but I have feeling my filter is too strong for tank its about 130 litres of water in the tank the moment (i have about 25kgs of pebbles) on website it said it was suited 150 - 180 litres when I reached its maxi 104f internal filter I tried adding the nosal spray but it doesn't want to stay on where it's keep bursting I had to put panty hose over the cover to prevent the fish getting stuck up. Can I return my filter or is that big no? It's just barely fits in my tanks and my two fishes are struggling
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lilnaugrim 04-08-2014 07:53 AM

Of course you can return your filter if you don't like it and feel your fish aren't doing well with it! I had to convert the liters since I'm not super versed in larger volumes lol but yeah, that filter is rated pretty high for your tank for such small stocking--wait, you said 120 liters in your original post and just said 130, which one is it?

If you want, you can find a Hang on Back (HOB) filter so this way you can baffle the filter with a sponge or a water bottle baffle which I can give you links for to learn how to do those and that way you won't have too much issue with the flow for the fish and they can swim easier.

I'm always an advocate for looooots of plants, granted I know that buying plants aren't cheap all the time so I understand if you can't get a bunch of plants all at once. You have one live plant, right? the rest are fake? Did we determine what light you have on this tank? I suggest you try to find some Water Wisteria, scientific name; Hygrophila Difformis which you should be able to find at a PetCo or PetSmart in those tubes. A very easy, low light plant that will soak up lots of ammonia before it harms your fish :)

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