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medic317 02-13-2011 09:40 PM

Newbie 6 Galleon Freshwater
I started a 6 galleon freshwater aquarium recently. This is my first foray into the aquarium world. I reused an old 6 galleon eclipse tank after wiping it out with plain water. Have four plastic plants and one decoration in it as well as an air stone and heater. Ran the tank for two days with just water in it and today added two zebra danios. As of now they are doing well and all water parameters are normal. Does anyone have any recommendations as to what i could add after cycling is complete. I would like to have as many fish as safely possible and have the ability to remove the danios and use them to start another tank. My girlfriend wants some color in the tank. I would appreciate any advice please.

Lupin 02-13-2011 11:21 PM

Your 6g limits all your choices. What are the water parameters exactly? Leaving the water for two days without ammonia source will simply not start the nitrogen cycle. The addition of your fish technically becomes the starting point. Watch the parameters carefully as high ammonia and nitrite will badly damage and kill your danios in the process.

shadetreeme 02-14-2011 12:12 AM

Welcome to TFK !!!
If you are looking for some color you could get some neon tetras, or a Betta. I have a 5.5 on my desk with a Betta and he is fun to watch.
If my past is anything like your future.... it won't matter soon, cause you will get bigger tanks with room for whatever you want :-):-D:lol:
Just FYI we LOVE pics. Post some when you can.:-)

medic317 02-14-2011 01:14 PM

My water parameters are listed in my tank as well as a picture.

Byron 02-14-2011 02:32 PM

Ammonia at 3 (as noted in your log) is high. Daily, and I mean every day, partial water changes of half the tank volume, using a good water conditioner, will hopefully save the fish.

What water conditioner are you using? One that detoxifies ammonia and nitrite would help, Prime does this, also one called Ultimate made by Aquarium Solutions. Either would be beneficial in new tanks.

Your pH is shown as 7; which test kit are you using? I may have more on this.

In a new tank without many live plants I would also highly recommend a biological supplement that helps to start the bacteria sooner. There are two I know of that are worth using, Tetra's SafeStart and Seachem's Stability. A small bottle of either would help. They do not "cycle" a tank, they merely add the necessary live bacteria to get it started faster with less stress on the fish. And ammonia and nitrite are highly toxic to fish.

Lupin is absolutely correct, in a small tank fish choices are very limited, but we can talk about possible fish later, let's get the tank cycled and save the fish you have first:-).

And, welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum.


medic317 02-14-2011 11:39 PM

I just order the API master test kit. I am currentlty using Jungle Ammonia test strips (beginning to not belive them)i got from Walmart. For the ther tests Mardel test strips.

After retesting my tank my Ammonia is .5, pH is 7.2

Byron 02-15-2011 10:44 AM


Originally Posted by medic317 (Post 590877)
I just order the API master test kit. I am currentlty using Jungle Ammonia test strips (beginning to not belive them)i got from Walmart. For the ther tests Mardel test strips.

After retesting my tank my Ammonia is .5, pH is 7.2

Test strips may not be accurate. API liquid kit is good. Ammonia at .5 is still high, a partial water change (50%) and previous advice still holds.


medic317 02-15-2011 12:24 PM

After work tonight i am going to do a LWC and i will let you guys know how it goes.

medic317 02-15-2011 11:13 PM

Just did a LWC and it cleaned up the cloudiness in the tank some and the parameters are: pH 7.3, NH3 .25,nitrate and nitrite 0

Lupin 02-16-2011 12:33 AM

Your ammonia is not toxic at this point but I must stress the point of water changes. It is quite important you do so to prevent ammonia from increasing dangerously or else your fish will start getting signs of ammonia burns particularly gill and skin burns. Those can quickly damage and kill the fish. As Byron advised, partial water changes daily are needed to keep it under control. You're at the beginning of the nitrogen cycle right now.

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