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Tycoon 05-13-2007 12:19 PM

Help new to fish and aquarium!!
I bought a 2 small freshwater fish yesterday and a 1 gallon aquarium just to start out. I filled the aquarium with tap water from the faucet and I also have the oxygen thing set up. I fed them crumbs of goldfish flakes that night and this morning I see them lying upside down in the bottom. They're not moving and breathing. They're dead...

What did I do wrong?!?!? :cry:

Captain Crab 05-13-2007 12:36 PM

Depends on the size and type of fish. A gallon tank is too small for most fish.And tap water usually contains chlorine.the Only fish that will live in a 1 gallon tank are probably a single betta or a few tiny goldfish but even then there life will be short lived.get at least a 10 gallon tank for better results.start out with something easy,guppies for instance they come in many different colorful patterns(except the females they are plain).they are livebearers and will probably breed before you know it.Also buy some chlorine remover.setting up a 10 gallon is quite simple and inexpensive ,but go to a reputable pet dealer if you want to pay a fair price.most set ups come with basic instructions .try buying a few cheap starter fish,that way if they die it wont cause so much trauma

Trishfish 05-13-2007 12:42 PM

You also need to get your tank cycled. There's a great sticky at the top of the forum. It is much harder to maintain good water parameters in a smaller tank. Get the biggest one you can afford/have room for. Your tap water needs to be treated with a water conditioner like Prime, Aquasafe, or something similar to neutralize the chlorine and chloramine or it will kill your fish. There's lots of great info here and great people to help you out.

Tycoon 05-13-2007 12:50 PM

thanks guys!

But what if I start using bottled waters for my aquarium? They don't have chlorine, do they? Is it safe to use?

Trishfish 05-13-2007 12:53 PM

It's safe but most bottled water has very low pH, gH, kH. You should use your tap water and a conditioner. One bottle isn't expensive and it lasts a long time. It would be much cheaper than buying bottled water every time you do your weekly water changes.

Tycoon 05-13-2007 01:00 PM

alright thanks. I think the chlorine killed them then.

Im off to petco to buy two new fish and a conditioner. Once I get the conditioner btw, do i pour it in the water first before i put my fish in or is it ok to put the conditioner in while the fish are already there?

Also last question, whats the best food for these tiny freshwater fish? Are the goldfish flakes good enough?

Trishfish 05-13-2007 01:09 PM

You need to add it to the water before you put it in the tank or you are still exposing your fish to the chlorine/chloramine.

I would get a good fish flake food, not one necessarily for goldfish. And by the way, you should allow at least 5 - 10 gallons per goldfish if that's what you're getting. They are big ammonia producers and will foul the water fast.

Have you read the sticky on cycling your tank? You can't just put in any kind of fish and think it will work. Have you heard of the one inch of fish per gallon of water rule? Two fish in a one gallon tank will never work. One betta possibly but to enjoy them (and for them to enjoy life) a five gallon gives them much more room to spread out and show off their beautiful finnage. Please carefully consider your choices.

Tycoon 05-13-2007 01:17 PM

As much as I want to buy a bigger tank right now, I just cant. Im broke but once I get a part time job this summer, Im gonna buy a 5-10 gallon one. :)

Trishfish 05-13-2007 01:24 PM

You will have to be prepared to do probably daily water changes to keep your ammonia and nitrite levels from killing your fish as the tank cycles. One gallon is really too small for anything but a betta (which I still think is too small but they're air breathers) or a solitary tetra, white cloud, guppy or something else very small. What kind of filtration do you have?

I should have added again that some fish just won't survive cycling. There's a sticky on how to fishless cycle in the forum.

Tycoon 05-13-2007 01:35 PM

I dont have a filtration... Im just gonna have to change water regularly i guess.

Also now that I thought about it, I think im just gonna buy a betta. They look good and doesn't need much space, right?

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