08-25-2007, 12:35 AM
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How big is your tank? I would recommend giving all your wonderful new fish back to the store and starting afresh. It might be hard to do now that you have become attached, but for your own sanity and for the survival of any more fish you wish to keep and for your continued future in the aquarium hobby, it would be best.
After returning them, purchase a few zebra danios. The size of your tank will determine how many. If you have a 10-gallon, buy two; if you have between a 15-30 gallon, buy three; any larger, buy five. Danios are very hardy and can survive the rough conditions of the cycling process. If you are unfamiliar with this process, do a search on this site for nitrogen cycle. It will let you know what all you need to do.
In the mean time (while your tank is taking the required 4-6 weeks of cycling), get some tropical fish books from the local library and research the types of fish you want. Find out how big they grow, if they prefer to be in a school or kept as a solitary individual, if they are all compatible with one another, and if they are compatible with your water's pH. For example, bala sharks can get upwards of 12 inches and really need at least 55 gallons, if not more like 75-100 gallons. Barbs also prefer to be in a school of 5-7 (odd numbers are better for schools).
When your tank is finished cycling, find a friend who likes Danios (if they don't win over your heart in the mean time - I LOVE mine) and replace them with your personal favorite fish.
I hope this helps. I was given similar advice when I first started, and it really made all the difference. Otherwise I would have killed so many fish in the cycling process that I would have given up my newfound hobby.