Originally Posted by thefishes
Hello, my girlfriend and i went halves on a 27 gallon hex that we had up and running for a week. All the equipment was running fine and the water was treated with aquasafe when we filled it up a week ago. We adventured to the pet store to get our 1st batch of 6 white cloud mountain minnows to begin the cycling process.
One of the 6 was very very shy last night and a little discolored, also seemingly younger then the other 5 and he has a little bend near his tail. I was a little worried about the bendy tail as soon as i acclimated him into the tank because i have read numerous articles about staying away from deformed bendy fish. I didn't select the fish myself because it was freezing outside and went to start the car while my girlfriend picked them out. She thought he was cute and loved him the most lol.
The other 5 kept going and swimming with him last night when he was hiding and he would come out for a sec then go right back to hiding. Today i had to move stuff around just to find him as he did not come out for food. He comes out to swim with the school still today but then goes right back into hiding. I'd hate to have to see if i can exchange him because my girlfriend likes him but i dont want the other fish to get sick if he is sick. What should i do?. I took a picture with my cell phone so it is not the clearest but you
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hi there! welcome to the forums!!!
I would return the fish before the ammonia levels and the nitrite levels get too high and kill your fish! Even the hardiest fish have a hard time during the cycling proccess so I really recommend you for the sake of the fish to do a fishless cycle. What test kit are you using?
The easiest way to do a fishless cycle is with frozen shrimp. just and a couple medium-size frozen shrimpos to your tank and measure your parameters over time until everything is OK. heres a little article about cycling its a good one just take some time to read it and ask any questions that you might have in mind.
A Beginner's Guide to the Freshwater Aquarium Cycle
your going to get all the help you need there are many people here with years of experience so if your wondering about anything at all just ask! ask anything that you might have in mind it can make a big difference to the health and well-being of your little fishie friends!!
Im glad that you joined our community and again welcome to the tropical fish keeping forums!!!!