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sally_11 09-11-2007 02:23 AM

Fish's dying everyday! Advice please
I am a new aquarium owner and have had my fish for less than 2 weeks. A few days ago I noticed one of the female Mollies was swimming at the top and was not active she started to get white marks around the mouth. I tested the water and the nitrate was very high and performed a 30% water change to help it. That night the molly died i have tested the water again yesterday and its looking alot better.

The issue being that this all happenes in 24 hours, the fish seem to be fine then they just seem to lose all energy and within 24 hours they die. As soon as one dies another one gets the symptoms I have lost 2 now and another one is pretty bad I need advice and fast... Why are they dropping so fast? how can i stop it?

The healthy fish have no marks around their mouths and no marks on the bodies of the fish.

Lupin 09-11-2007 03:09 AM

Welcome to, Sally.:wave:

May I know what your ammonia and nitrites are? What is your pH? Has your tank gone through cycling phase? A sticky thread by fish_4_all in Starting and Maintaining FW Aquariums section is available for you to read regarding the cycling methods.:)

My guess is you may be experiencing New Tank Syndrome which correlates to the fact that you are adding your fish without allowing the tank to go through the cycling phase. At this stage, they become intoxicated by the ammonia nd nitrites which are poisonous to the fish.

Don't hesitate to ask more questions.:)

Good luck.:)

sally_11 09-11-2007 03:41 AM

I ran the tank for 7 days before adding Fish, I added filtration booster as directed by the aquatics supplier i used and stress coat to remove any remaining Chloramines and Clorine that could halm the fish. salt was 2 which i am raising to brakisk (Slowly so as not to shock the fish) Bad bactiria was 1 good bactiria was 10 which should be 25 is that right?

I dont know the PH is there an easy way to test this. at the mo i am having to rely on the great guy at the aquatics place to test my water as i am learning fast but need to know what i am looking for and he is helping me in the learning.

I dont want to get ripped off by buying too much stuff i dont need and i have gone through 2 aquatics places that just wanted to sell me near on everything including the kitchen sink!

I am aware that i got too many fish to start with but that was wrongly advised by the first place i went to they said 6 would be fine... well i now have 3 seemingly healthy and one quarintined lefts which i guess is better for the fish but not for the old confidence!

Lupin 09-11-2007 04:09 AM

Sally, please buy your own liquid test kit so you can determine your ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH correctly.:) I would not trust anyone to determine the water parameters.

sally_11 09-11-2007 04:21 AM

Thank you, I will have a look at getting a kit, so far all people have wanted to sell me is strips that do all sorts of things but cost a fortone for 15 :x .

Hope that I get back on track soon I needed to get some advice from someone who is not going to make a profit from talking to me. :)

Thank you for your time. x

I will keep you posted if your interested

Lupin 09-11-2007 04:24 AM

Hi Sally.

I would definitely avoid the test strips. They're misleading. Liquid test kits are your best bet.

Good luck. Hope everything will be okay.:)

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