First Fish tank Ever>>>A few problems so far. Am I doing everything ok?
So this is the first fish tank I have ever had. It is 10 gallons and I have an underground filter in it. I started out with a filter that hung on the back but it seemed to be kicking dirt back into the water and the person at the pet store suggested a new filter. Right after I got this current filter put in my fish got ich. I treated it and it is all gone now. A few weeks after having this new filter in 2 of my fish got pop eye. One died. I also have a Guardian heater in the tank set at 80. It is stocked with 2 mollies a danio and a cory which were all suggested by the store person as compatible and beginner fish. I was just wondering if I'm missing anything or if my tank is overstocked because of the illnesses I've had in their after not having the tank long.
P.S. It is cycled according to when my water was last checked.
You should find out your pH and what your hardness is in your tank. This should be the main factor to decide what fish to keep. The cory and the danio are very easy to keep and will do well in a wide range of water conditions but i think 80 degrees is a little high for both of them. The Molly can handle 80, but I think the tank would do better at 77 or 78 degrees. The molly will also need alkaline and harder water, while the other fish will be ok in a wider range of pH and hardness.
4 fish is not overstocked for a 10 gallon tank. You could have purchase sick fish but ich is typically seen in tanks with no heater. I have not had an issue Ich in 10+ years and I just had my first pop eye issue last week. Turned out to be an eye injury and the fish has already recovered. Pop eye could be a bacteria which needs to be treated with antibacteria food, water additive or both.
Sounds like a rough start, it only gets better once u learn how to fix these things
Just a few questions:
How long has the tank been running, how long has the current filter been running?
What brand were the filters and how many gallons do they filter? Just say something about both
How did u treat the ich?
Set the heater to 77 degrees
Is this a local fish store or a petco or petsmart store you went too?
How often do you do water changes, do you do them with a gravel vac and how much you remove?
btw, most petstore workers are no experts on fish and usually steer the customer wrong. I wouldnt listen much to them. This forum has tons of info, just read up on the stickies and look around some other posts and you will find more info on things you will need to know to have a successful tank. it is rare a petstore worker will give you correct directions(they usually make you buy unnecessary chemicals or treatments)
and finally most disease comes from fish that you buy that live in bad conditions. Ich comes from the outside and pop eye comes from bad water conditions.
+1 on all of mcb5522's questions.
I would not trust that your tank is cycled, based on the fact your pet store was probably just trying to make a sale (or uninformed).
Danios need to be in a group of 6, which won't fit in your tank. Cories need to be in a group of three, and are fairly sensitive. Not a beginner fish.
The bacteria that makes a tank 'cycled' live in the filter. When you removed the old one, you removed the bacteria.
I would do waterchanges as often as you can (hopefully every day, and about 2-3 gallons) for the next week or two.
I would not jump the gun with any treatment for the pop-eye: It will likely kill your cycling bacteria.
Well depends if it is a specialized fish store or not.
I think that small tanks are harder to take care of cause the parameters can get outta whack easier, unlike bigger tanks where there's more water to dilute the bad stuff.
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