Newbie Alert! Tank advice etc..
Was given a tank about a month ago, measures 2' x 1.5' x 1' (65 litre?)
Camw with a fluval 2 filter, an undergravel filter (powered by a Rena Air 200) and a light. I bought a heater and ran it for a week with nothing in.
We added some plants (species advised by local aquatics place as being suitable) and added some fish
5 five banded barbs and 3 dwarf gourami. the following week we added 5 assorted guppies and 3 trilineatus corydoras and 5 assorted guppies.
3 weeks later and the water is smelling a bit, it's pretty clear though (slight greenish tinge but not much). I've read another thread on the same problem there.
Went to take a water sample to my local aquarium place (Maidenhead Aquatics) but unfortunately they couldn't test the water on a weekend so I don't know what the levels are (need to buy a few kits)
The fish look happy and are active enough but found a guppy at the bottom this morning with no visible signs of damage/disease etc.
I've just done a partial water change and added a dose of KB safe guard and safe water.
I can't say I'm 'up' on keeping tropical fish (had coldwater tank fish years ago) as all I knew was pond fish when I ran an aquatics department donkies years ago.
Irony is I bought my fish from the same place I worked at when it was part of the then garden centre (Challis of York - since changed hands a few times) .
Anyways, any advice would be welcome - I don't have a lot of time to search through lots of posts due to kids craving attention all the time lol
I don't think I can give you much advice. But, you really need to know what your water parameters are, so you can understand if there is a problem that killed the one fish, and if the others are in danger too. You don't mention if you cycled the tank? A new tank, can get algae blooms because there is often not enough healthy bacteria, to handle the bioload and things introduced quickly, thus algae takes over. That could be what the "slight green" is you're seeing. What is the wattage of your light, and how long is it on? Recommended 2 watts per gallon. The smell may not be great. Tanks should have a nice organic smell but not be "stinky". Water changes are your best idea now. Try 50%, but do get a test kit for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. You should always be putting in some type of water conditioner with each water change, to protect your fish against chlorine.
I'm going to gradually change the water (letting it stand in a bowl to get to room temp before adding it).
I don't know if the filter that came with it is good enough - it's a Fluval 2 foam jobbie (the old one, not the one with flow control etc.). I see after googling them you can get allsorts now.
If you check out under the Fish Profile section, about the fish you have, you can make sure you are keeping water temps where the fish need it. Why do you need to set the water to get to room temp? I just adjust mine from the faucet, so it's as close to what it is in the tank. I just do this by "feel", I don't get a thermometer out for water changes. A degree or two during water changes won't effect the fish, as you are adding to already set water. What temp are you keeping your tank at? Also, 15 watt is very low light for the size tank you have. You can only keep low light plants, like java fern or anubias. You may want to get Flourish Comprehensive (liquid) to supplement your plants nutrients.
I didn't know if tap water would shock the fish (it's getting cooler now and tap water is cold), the temp is set to 24 deg C (the heater was preset at this as it said it was suitable for most tropical fish).
I'll have to look for a brighter (higher wattage) tube I think then as the 15w came with the tank. My mate only had a goldfish in his until it snuffed it at about 15 years old - clueless me doesn't know about wattage/litre lol (until now).
Think I might get a better filter as well, they seam to be a lot better nowadays - maybe something like this.
A powerhead looks interesting as well, something like a Eheim Powerhead 1212? instead of an air pump?
I think the filters blow air in as well using a venturi. Might be getting away with myself here lol.
The plants I have are low light level ones (green leaves, not red and thinnish so I was advised). Have some java fern and the one with black dots on the rear of the leaves (can't remember the name offhand) plus a few others that I was told are suitable.
Thanks for the info though - appreciate it. :)
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