Yeah I know I'm gonna catch some grief here but I'm a dog owner, never had a fish in my life. I moved into my new house last month where the previous owner built a large aquarium into the wall of the living room. Looks great. But aside from feeding them, I don't know what the hell I'm going and they're starting to die
Heres what I know. the fish are "African Cichlid's"
There are 5 in there, well, now 2
I walked in and one jumped out of the tank the other day on the floor. Last night one was dead on the bottom of the tank. I just got home from work and another one is dead on the bottom of the tank. I took the dead one out last night, and already took this dead one. The tank is starting to collect algae too.
I did a PH test it came out about 7.8 whatever that means. The water is clear though.
The filter system is pretty big, it brings the water down through a filter pad, than through a bunch of plastic "balls" than through foam, than returns it to the tank, I know nothing else about it. The water stays around 78 degrees by itself. I seem to be losing alot of water. It's not leaking but every couple days I have to add water. I'm using some dechlorinated water here that he left for me to add to it. I'm almost out of it and don't know if I can use bottled water or not. My house is on wellwater and I don't want to put that in there.
I really would like to learn about this and get it under control and maintained. I'm thinking I might need to change the water. I definitely need to drain it, get in there and clean up all the algae thats starting to grow on everything. But what should I use to fill it back up with that wont kill them. Would the remaining fish die if I put them in a fish bowl for a day or two while I cleaned up this tank ?? I would like to put some more fish in there too but one thing at a time. Thanks alot for any help