11-29-2011, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Sanguinefox
Uh, you know your problem probably is that you are putting fish too soon into the tank. When you start up a tank like a 15 gallon you really need to give the tank a chance to settle and for some of the stuff in the new water to work it's way out.
I've got a handy link for you to read: Commonly Made Mistakes When Starting a New Aquarium
What you should do is give your tank at least a week with a starter small fish to help the tank cycle. But what really helps is if you know someone who has a good clean established freshwater tank. Get a small plastic container, and get some of their substrate, and the water. Bring it home, put it into the tank. This will help add beneficial bacteria and speed up the cycle. When I switched from my old tank to my new one I carried over water and some of it's substrate and the tank cycled rather quickly.
EDIT: One last thing, some pet stores like Petsmart will actually test your water for free. So take it to the pet store in a small container and ask them to test it. They can tell you right off if something is off with the levels. You really ought to save up and get a little pack of the test strips though so you can keep an eye on the Nitrate and Nitrite levels, as well as the ammonia. You shouldn't try to keep a tank till you buy all the right parts. So if you don't have the money now, save up so you can properly monitor and test the tank before possibly killing more fish.
Thank you SanguineFox. I once started a 10g the same way I did this tank and my fish were fine so I didn't think this would happen. Do you know of any cheap but good test kits that come with everything in them?