On Saturday, (from here on out to be referred to as "Day 1") I bought 3 male guppies and 3 shrimp from Petsmart, along with 2 plants to set up my 5 gallon tank. Prior to that, Day -2 I guess it would be, I set everything up. Heater, Carbon Filter, everything appeared to work without problems. But my focus here is the guppies, as my shrimp show no signs of stress or any discontent.
Forewarning: there are many mistakes that I have already made. I'm aware that I've screwed up and haven't fully prepared myself, and that this might not have been the best route to take. In fact, I know that my impatience is going to be the downfall of this, and I'm willing to do just about anything to save these little guys. I bought a test kit, however it reads literally everything but ammonia levels. (why do they even sell those?
) I also more than likely overfed them, and am now taking steps to cut down on that.
Day 1: Everyone seemed good. Ate, explored the tank as a group (which surprised me), got along fine. No signs of aggression amongst themselves.
Day 2: Water is cloudy. Not green, so not due to the plants. Did a partial water change, I'd say about 15-20% or so. Guppies rest at the top of tank, behind filter and next to heater. Spend a good portion of the day just sitting over there. Only one smaller guppy has any interest in eating today. Water test shows that I have very hard water, add a bit more dechlorinator in attempt to help with this.
Day 3: Water much clearer. Woke up at 5am to notice both smaller guppies have clamped tail fins, ends of which appear red? Larger guppy still resting behind filter. No guppies interested in eating.
I've raised the temperature from 80-86 as I've heard that doing so will kill any parasites if they are the cause. Also added a tsp of sea salt since research shows that that'll help almost everything. Was that a mistake? Other than that, I'm really not sure what to do. I'm praying that this is all because of poor water parameters due to cycling and overfeeding, because I can spend time fixing that. What really worries me though, is the red spot on the end of the tails. (Originally, tails were a silvery-turquoise color)
Either way, I'm going to run to the store to buy a gravel vacuum and ammonia tests. But i'd hate to come back from work in 7 hours or so to find two dead guppies. I've already grown pretty attached to these pretty boys.
edit: actually, as I posted this I noticed the shrimp acting funny. They're swimming up, towards the top of the plants and decorations. I haven't seen them do that yet, they haven't really tried to move off the bottom. Should this concern me, or are they just getting more comfortable with their surroundings?