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spy1011 08-22-2007 07:52 PM

no 3/4 dead
omg omg omg!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cant belive it

3 of my fish died due 2 water change?

wat the hell is goin on !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 3 dead!

omg!!!!!!!!!!! i need advice here

herefishy 08-22-2007 07:57 PM

Get a grip here. How old is the tank? What was the water temp of the tank and the replacement water? Do you have municipal water and do they treat the water with chlorine? What kind of fish were lost?

spy1011 08-22-2007 07:59 PM

4 day old tank
4 days old 62degrees iredecent shark, and 2 algea eaters

only bala survived

herefishy 08-22-2007 09:03 PM

Temperarture needs to be in the 72-78 range.

fish_4_all 08-23-2007 12:32 AM

Temp should have been between 76-82F. What was the temp of the water that you put back in the tank? If it was more than 10 degrees off and hit the fish directly it likely sent them into shock and caused them to die. That is asumming they were not stressed out from the cylcing of the tank. They are not the best choice to cycle a tank with.

spy1011 08-24-2007 07:52 PM

man they all died

i jus got new fish and im keeping my temp at 78-80 degrees

my fish are

clown knife

tin foil barb

kisin gourmey

2 algea eaters


aloth of fish

i love my new fish

Julie's Julies 08-25-2007 12:35 AM

How big is your tank? I would recommend giving all your wonderful new fish back to the store and starting afresh. It might be hard to do now that you have become attached, but for your own sanity and for the survival of any more fish you wish to keep and for your continued future in the aquarium hobby, it would be best.

After returning them, purchase a few zebra danios. The size of your tank will determine how many. If you have a 10-gallon, buy two; if you have between a 15-30 gallon, buy three; any larger, buy five. Danios are very hardy and can survive the rough conditions of the cycling process. If you are unfamiliar with this process, do a search on this site for nitrogen cycle. It will let you know what all you need to do.

In the mean time (while your tank is taking the required 4-6 weeks of cycling), get some tropical fish books from the local library and research the types of fish you want. Find out how big they grow, if they prefer to be in a school or kept as a solitary individual, if they are all compatible with one another, and if they are compatible with your water's pH. For example, bala sharks can get upwards of 12 inches and really need at least 55 gallons, if not more like 75-100 gallons. Barbs also prefer to be in a school of 5-7 (odd numbers are better for schools).

When your tank is finished cycling, find a friend who likes Danios (if they don't win over your heart in the mean time - I LOVE mine) and replace them with your personal favorite fish.

I hope this helps. I was given similar advice when I first started, and it really made all the difference. Otherwise I would have killed so many fish in the cycling process that I would have given up my newfound hobby.

spy1011 08-25-2007 12:40 AM

the thing about my fish is i can return em until they are dead and how do i return the ones who gets eaten????

no traces probably the clown ate it?

any1 know a place where they sell cheap feeder guppies?

Julie's Julies 08-27-2007 03:46 PM

Several local fish stores carry feeder guppies. You can probably look up a few LFS in your phone book and call to see if they have them. I would be hesitant to give any "feeder fish" to your wet pets, though, because feeders tend to carry lots of germs and diseases with them that can be transferred to your prized fish.

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