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dprUsh83 09-11-2006 11:25 AM

New to the forum, new to having fish!
 
Hello all, I found this forum and signed up immediately! As the subject says, I'm new to having fish. Already I love having them, but I'm worried about my limited experience/knowlege. Right away my tank clouded up, but I read on another site it may be from just having set it up and/or adding my new fish from the pet store. Does that sounds right?

Right now I have a Blood Parot Cichlid, a Tiger Oscar, and a goldfish. The goldfish was meant to be food, but they are all coexisting at the moment. I'm sure that will change through growth, but it makes for an entertaining mix at the moment. My plecastumus died within 2 days of purchase, which made me worry about the cloudiness, causing me to get online in the first place. I am going to purchase another one today, though.

I'm definitely a newbie to the board and to fish, so any suggestions or advice will never be scoffed at, it's all welcome! I look forward to meeting all of you!

dprUsh83 09-11-2006 11:37 AM

Almost forgot a question I did have, I purchased the chemicals to dechlorinate my water, but I have not run any other chemicals. The pet store employee said that is all I need, but I don't know how to check my PH levels, or how to adjust them. Is there anything I have or have not done that may need to be changed?

dprUsh83 09-11-2006 11:37 AM

Almost forgot a question I did have, I purchased the chemicals to dechlorinate my water, but I have not run any other chemicals. The pet store employee said that is all I need, but I don't know how to check my PH levels, or how to adjust them. Is there anything I have or have not done that may need to be changed?

jsm11482 09-11-2006 11:59 AM

Hi, welcome! As for pH, KH, Ammonia, Nitrates, Nitrites, you can pick up a "Master Test Kit" at your LFS. It will run you about 30$. I'm sure other people here will ask if you cycled your tank before adding fish? As for chemicals, you only want to use dechlorinator. I hear that the other chemicals (ph Up/down, cycle chems.) are not good to use and may screw up your tank's eco system. So post some more info about your setup: tank size, water stats (after you get the test kit) filter, etc and I'm sure someone will help you!

dprUsh83 09-11-2006 12:46 PM

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Originally Posted by jsm11482
Hi, welcome! As for pH, KH, Ammonia, Nitrates, Nitrites, you can pick up a "Master Test Kit" at your LFS. It will run you about 30$. I'm sure other people here will ask if you cycled your tank before adding fish? As for chemicals, you only want to use dechlorinator. I hear that the other chemicals (ph Up/down, cycle chems.) are not good to use and may screw up your tank's eco system. So post some more info about your setup: tank size, water stats (after you get the test kit) filter, etc and I'm sure someone will help you!

jsm11482, thanks for the reply! I'll be sure to purchase that later today and I'll post the results once available. In terms of your other questions, it is a 30 gallon tank. The water is 81 degrees, any advice to get that cooled down a few degrees most welcome. My filter appears to give great ciruclation and works out well.

jsm11482 09-11-2006 01:09 PM

I know you can buy a 'chiller' tho it is probably not necessary. Do you not have A/C?

dprUsh83 09-11-2006 01:24 PM

Have an AC, but it's really not too hot outside, certainly not in the 80s--I don't know where the heat is. Good news for me right now is, all the resouces I find say to keep my Tiger Oscar in 76-84 temps, Still need to look up and make sure that is okay for my blood parot.

jsm11482 09-11-2006 01:41 PM

I think the blood parrot should be in 72-80 deg water. Do you have a heater in your tank? And where is the thermometer located in/on the tank?

dprUsh83 09-11-2006 01:43 PM

No, no heater yet. The thermometer is located on the outside of the glass, 3 inches from the bottom. The tank is not one of the "box" aquariums, it's octogon in shape and it taller than it is wide, meaning that the temperature towards the top is likely warmer.

jsm11482 09-11-2006 01:47 PM

Since you are asking about the temp of the tank, I assume the house ambient temp is NOT 80-ish. Is there a lamp, etc near the tank? Is it near a window? What type of light do you have? If it is not fluorescent then that would be the heat source (incandescent).


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