new tank problems
hello everyone. I have brought a new fish tank on monday. It has been set up for three days with everything in it including the filter, the heater etc. I have washed all the ornaments but the water has gone cloudy, not on the surface but all of the water. I tested the water and the amonia is fine but the nitrates and the nitrite levels are high! The tank I have brought is the fish box 60 from pets at home. Tried to add some fish today, only a couple because you shouldn't add too many fish all at once. We added two odessa barbs because are interested in having a barb set up in our auarium....no tiger barbs though! we left the bag in the tank for ten minutes and then released the fish within an hour or so they began to swim around and then shot up to the surface and then they died. So afterwards I have done a waterchange. is it just a case of waiting until the cloudiness has gone? I know that you are supposed to add fish so that the tank can start to cycle but it is clearly not ready yet. Just wanted some extra advice as have never kept fish in my life. Am also paranoid about the tank cracking and leaking everywhere. We are renting lol and 60 ltrs is a lot of water to leak everywhere. Maybe I should wait another week before I put any fish in? thank you!!
u need to read up on the notrogen cycle. then find urself some seachem's Prime - water condtioner. u can add hardy fish right away to do a fish nitrogen cycle
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as for the cloudy water, if its algae bloom u cant do much, if iys chemical then u can use active carbon or wait it out
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Before doing anything with adding fish, please read the "Freshwater Aquarium" forum sticky beginners guide to the aquarium cycle. A tank takes several weeks to become safe for fish, so yes wait a while to avoid disappointment and frustration. Also check out the posts about how to cycle a tank. There is a lot of information on this site.
I think that it's pretty horrible (for both you and the fish) to take the time and spend the money only to have the fish die immediately. You did do the acclimatizing well (floating the bag for 1/2 hour before releasing). but I think that your biggest error was rushing the cycling period.
Good luck :-)
I agree, please read up on cycling, that "sticky" that brownmane posted is good.
Aside from the cycling problem, what size is this tank? Odessa Barb are active swimmers (all barbs are) and thus need space. Attaining almost 3 inches means at least a 3-foot tank for a group (they need to be in a group). You can read more in our profiles, click on the shaded name to see the profile for this species. Many other fish are included in the profiles which are accessed under the second tab from the left in the blue bar across the top of this page.
And welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. Nice to have you with us.
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