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nikkigill50 04-01-2007 04:40 PM

Help for a newbie
This is my first tank and i'm not sure i'm getting it right!

I started my tank up over 2 weeks ago with just live plants and waited a week before adding any fish to it. I added 2 male guppies 6 days ago and they have been great, lively, eating their tropical flakes etc. I feed them a little 2 times a day. I did a water change on Thursday and used Prime water conditioner. Today they seem not so good. Both have hardly left the area around the water heater (Its at a steady 25). One is very lethargic and has barely moved, the other is darting up and down the tank most of the day.

I understand the whole cycle process but I didn't plan on testing the water so have no test kit.

Does anyone have any advice on what I should/should not be doing?

One more thing, I have a piece of driftwood in, I boiled and scrubbed it before adding to the tank at the start up but have noticed that it is getting a clear slimy film over the knots and holes in the wood. Should I clean it up out of there or is this normal in the cycling stage?

hamdogg08 04-01-2007 04:44 PM

How big is your tank? Maybe there is too big of a bio-load increase and you're having an ammonia spike. Take some water to a LFS and get it tested, and while you're there, get a test kit for yourself aswell.

nikkigill50 04-01-2007 04:50 PM

Its 30 gallon, my stats are added in the tank area..
I actually took a sample to the lfs today and they said levels are all okay.

Lupin 04-01-2007 05:54 PM

Re: Its 30 gallon, my stats are added in the tank area..

Originally Posted by nikkigill50
I actually took a sample to the lfs today and they said levels are all okay.


You'll be better off with your own test kit so you can post the exact figures.:) Without the figures, we will not be able to know what exactly is wrong with your tank. You may actually have ammonia and nitrites which are quite toxic to the fish. API Freshwater Master test kit is a good one to buy.:)

scottysgirl 04-01-2007 06:48 PM

Also, size of tank is important, I am assuming it is a ten gallon? Did you collect the driftwood yourself or buy it? And I would definitely recommend biting the bullet and buying a test kit, I know they are expensive but they last a long time and most fish problems are due to water issues. Without a test kit you don't know what is actually going on in your tank, it is a good idea to test water once a week.
Good luck!

nikkigill50 04-01-2007 08:05 PM

Its a 30 gallon and I did buy the driftwood from the lfs, stated as suitable for aquariums.

Falina 04-01-2007 09:02 PM

30g is is a good size just for 2 guppies so your bio load is not very high at all. its definitely a good idea to get a test kit though to make sure you water parameters are good.

i hope your guppies get better

nikkigill50 04-02-2007 02:05 PM

Okay, so I go and buy a test kit, but if and when the water levels are not good, do I have to buy more chemicals to treat the water or is everything included in the test kit?

Andrew 04-02-2007 04:20 PM

welcome to the forum.
What temperature is the water? Did you introduce the fsh gradually?
I think the best thing is for you to look at the results before moving forward, once you have more details the members here will be better placed to help you.

Falina 04-02-2007 06:15 PM

if your water quality isnt good adding chemicals isnt always the best idea. if its amonia that is high, a simple water change of about 30% every 2 or 3 days will bring it down, and will be safe for the fish rather than stressing them with chemicals

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