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Lost all my fish in less than 18 hours!
Old 11-18-2013, 04:20 PM   #11
 
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:22 PM   #12
 
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3 ppm of nitrite will kill your fish.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:16 PM   #13
 
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Do as large a water changes as possible, at least double if not triple dose the tank volume with Prime. Do not add any more fish until you see zero nitrite & zero ammonia. Test again tomorrow, if you have ammonia or nitrite do the same thing. This will be a daily routine until those levels zero out. If you can get some mature filter media from someone it will help move this along more quickly.
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Old 11-18-2013, 05:49 PM   #14
 
TANK IS TOTALY EMPTY, remaining fish is in container with heater & air...
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:36 PM   #15
 
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Good move, you've got a choice to make now. Return the fish to the shop, and begin a fishless cycle using ammonia. This will take several weeks, but can be shortened by the addition of mature media. It will also buy you time to research stocking for the tank.

If you choose to not return the fish you do have a traditional cycle with fish to deal with. This entails daily large water changes until the ammonia & nitrite are at zero, and you start seeing nitrate.
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:00 PM   #16
 
The whole "No water changes, just adding a gallon of water a week" is a huge red flag. Iv explained this to a friend that did the same. Water evaporates, Toxins DO NOT. In fact the toxins (ammonia, nitrites, phosphates etc.) become more concentrated the less water there is which may have been the cause. Adding a large # of fish into an aquarium thats already high in toxins most def didnt help. Once you get your tank all better, stick with frequent water changes, vacuuming. Good luck!
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Old 11-18-2013, 11:06 PM   #17
 
Well the tank is already cycling if there is 3 nitrites and 160 nitrates. It sounds to me like you need to do some research on cycling a tank and stocking. There are lots of good cycling threads on here and aqadvisor.com is a great tool to help you figure out stocking.
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Old 11-19-2013, 02:58 AM   #18
 
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First, let me express my sympathy that you had to have such a horrible experience. I would be devastated if all my fish died except one. If tank was running for a long time ( more than 6 weeks)before this happened, then it was already cycled. Must be the " just add water" approach allowed nitrites and nitrates to build up to toxic levels. The most effective way to reduce the concentration of harmfull fish byproducts is to remove old water and add fresh. Never just add water.
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Old 11-19-2013, 09:12 AM   #19
 
What are these bugs?

I was curious too!

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Old 11-20-2013, 12:05 AM   #20
 
I'm so sorry you lost all your fish.
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