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post #31 of 42 Old 10-17-2010, 04:06 AM Thread Starter
My tank has started to smell really quite fishy & my fish haven't been swimming about in the last two days.
I can see three of them hiding under the bridge but idk about the other two. =/
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post #32 of 42 Old 10-17-2010, 04:11 AM
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They might have died?

Have you tested the water? Kept up the water changes?
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post #33 of 42 Old 10-17-2010, 04:17 AM Thread Starter
Umm I still don't have a test kit..
I've been doing a 5 litre water change every other day..
They were looking really healthy & happy two days ago.

If they are dead the other three are going to die if I don't find them and fish them out aren't they. =/
Fish are supposed to float when they die honestly. ='(
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post #34 of 42 Old 10-17-2010, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
they're all still alive~
I was really worried for a moment..

So what else could be causing the smell?
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post #35 of 42 Old 10-17-2010, 05:06 AM
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Excess food? High ammonia? Time to change the filter pad (shouldn't be the case, your tank is new....)? Time for a water change?
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post #36 of 42 Old 10-17-2010, 05:23 AM Thread Starter
I think my tank's about two months old now.
Maybe slightly more.
In terms of cycling though it's more like two weeks old though. =b
So it could be the filterpad.

I've been really careful feeding them so I doubt it's that.
High ammonia given the fishes' behaviour is quite possible..
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post #37 of 42 Old 10-17-2010, 05:28 AM
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The filterpad shouldn't be clogged enough to smell after 2 weeks. Check that the filter is actually working. If it has malfunctioned or stopped working, it might start to smell.

I'd do the usual - water change, gravel vac, test the water parameters.
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post #38 of 42 Old 10-17-2010, 09:28 AM Thread Starter
my parents don't want me to buy a testkit since it'd make a good birthday present. xD
I am trying to persuade them the fishes welfare is at stake though and they are almost convinced to buy it as an early birthday present.. 0

The tank & filter have been running two months.. it's just the tank hadn't even started to cycle two weeks ago.

I've now changed about ten litres of water. The fish are still all hiding and it still stinks..
I'm going to change more water later today.
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post #39 of 42 Old 10-17-2010, 09:43 AM
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You really need the test kits now. It's when your tank is cycling that you get ammonia and then nitrite and need to test to see what's happening with your cycle. After your tank is cycled and stable, you won't need to test as much. Waiting to get the kits is counter-productive because you'll miss having them when you need them most. You could also take a sample to the local fish shop for testing.

How often have you been changing the water? Still every second day?
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post #40 of 42 Old 10-19-2010, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
I've ordered the testkit~
It should be here by the end of the week. /crosses fingers

the fish seem comparatively happy today though I'm not 100% sure if it's just me but they seem to be leaning slightly to one side..?
It might just be the angle I see them, but I've been noticing it for a few days~

I've been changing the water every second day, more last weekend..
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