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elicandylover 03-16-2012 03:37 PM

4 dead fish :(
 
two weeks ago we went to the pets store to buy more fish we currently had 6 glo-fish (danios) and went and got 2 yellow mollies and two neon tetras the black neon tetra was the first to go then the orange and blue neon then the first and second yellow mollies they just started slowing down and died all the glo-fisb are alive except one that jumped out of the tank i hope someone has an idea of what went wrong

Geomancer 03-16-2012 04:03 PM

Size of the aquarium, and how long has it been running?

First guess is going to be that the tank was not cycled.

elicandylover 03-16-2012 06:24 PM

We did do the cycle

elicandylover 03-16-2012 06:26 PM

And its a 3 gallon

Geomancer 03-16-2012 06:49 PM

Massively overstocked, I'm afraid you can not keep any of those fish in a 3 gallon long term, and all together ... well, you already know.

A 3 gallon is only suited for invertabrates (snails and shrimp). It's possible to keep a Betta alive, but still a bit small for them. A true stable cycle capable of supporting fish is also excessively difficult in anything smaller than 5 gallons.

6 danios should be housed in a minimum of a 20 gallon long aquarium. Click on the shaded Zebra Danio name to read over their profile and care requirements.

GwenInNM 03-16-2012 08:29 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Geomancer (Post 1015683)
Massively overstocked, I'm afraid you can not keep any of those fish in a 3 gallon long term, and all together ... well, you already know.

A 3 gallon is only suited for invertabrates (snails and shrimp). It's possible to keep a Betta alive, but still a bit small for them. A true stable cycle capable of supporting fish is also excessively difficult in anything smaller than 5 gallons.

6 danios should be housed in a minimum of a 20 gallon long aquarium. Click on the shaded Zebra Danio name to read over their profile and care requirements.

I will completely agree! Wow, that is too small. I tried my Red Cherry Shrimp in a 3 gal, and moved them back to a 5 gallon. There are way to many complications with a tank that small - keeping the water parameters stable etc. The fish you have neons and danios are schooling fish and need a group to feel safe and comfortable. Please find a larger tank somewhere or re-home your fish.

Gwen

elicandylover 03-16-2012 08:34 PM

yea i tought it was too small but the pet shop lady said ot was fine if we had 10 in there walk
as long as they were small

thekoimaiden 03-16-2012 10:51 PM

Welcome to the forum and the hobby. I'm sorry you got bad advice from the pet store. They often don't care about the health of your fish; they just want to make a sale. Geomancer and Gwen are correct. You need a larger tank. You can save the 3 gal and use it for a betta, tho. But you will need more water changes than a normal tank.

Adamson 03-16-2012 11:09 PM

3 gallons, what a joke.

BarbH 03-17-2012 12:51 AM

hello and welcome to the forum and the hobby. Unfortunately you learned the hard way that many times w are unable to trust the advice given at the pet store. There are many great resources here such as the fish profiles that will help you in understanding the requirements of different fish, the profiles can be found at the top of the page second tab from the left. Also there are many members here who will glady help you with any questions or issues you may have.


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