Greetings fellow fish people! 8)
Iím another newbie to this aquarium business and was hoping I could get some advice to see if I am doing things correctly, as Iíve had 4 fish die so far. :(
We have a 273 Litre (72 US Gallons or 60 Imperial Gallons) freshwater tropical tank that weíve had fish in for about 6 weeks now. We currently have:
6 Red eye Tetras
3 Gouramis (dwarf?)
2 Zebra Loaches
2 Large algae eaters
4 Mollys & Plattys (I canít tell them apart!)
None of the fish are yet over 2 inches long.
I do a water test every few days which only tests for pH. The pH level is always high so I have now 3 times added pH down to the tank. Every week or so I bring a sample into the pet shop to test for nitrates and so far these have been completely normal. I am doing one 30Litre water change each week and vacuuming the gravel with a suction pump vacuum thing. I am also scraping algae off the sides once a week as the aquarium is in daylight for long periods of time. I feed the fish twice a day and am not sure if Iím feeding them enough but a lot of the food drops to the bottom before they eat it.
Basically, Iím just wondering why I have had a few deaths so far. We lost one loach and one algae eater within hours of bringing them home from the pet store but I assume this is due to stress and they were both replaced. I acclimate them the recommended way (leave them floating in bag at top for 20 minutes and then start slowly adding aquarium water).
Last week I found a skeleton of one of my Mollyís or Plattyís (I still donít know which ones are which!) that the other fish had eaten, which freaked me out. It did have a blind eye though so I just assumed they attacked it because it was weak. Is this normal?
I just introduced the algae eaters to the tank 2 days ago and they are quite hyper and active fish that zoom all over the tank so Iím not sure if they are stressing out my other fish, who are fairly chilled out. Then today my very first fish, who was my favourite and a Molly, was floating on the tank bottom dead. I donít know why he has died and Iím worried that more fish will die. Is there anything I should be looking out for?
Or is it normal to lose a few here and there? Sorry for such a long post but Iím trying to get out all the information! Iím very sad to see my little buddies dying!
Thanks for your help :D