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New Fish Tank

Discussion in 'Pets & Animals' started by DragonFox91, May 21, 2021.

  1. DragonFox91

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    I went to the petstore & got talked into trying 1 black neon tetra. It swam in small circles right away, & was swimming all crazy a couple hours later.

    Something is wrong.

    My water tests fine.
     
  2. chevyontheriver

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    So how is the tetra today?
     
  3. DragonFox91

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    well it died overnight
     
  4. DragonFox91

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    I got a female betta fish last night. She explored her aquarium & ate a couple pellets. She seems to be doing okay. She is actively swimming, maybe a bit too actively, which is making me nervous. I wish she'd calm down just a little bit. I put in a teaspoon of the Petsmart bacteria last night & this morning. Ammonia is 1......which could be too high.........I got a positive Nitrite test as well. She ate her pellet of food this morning.
     
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  5. BNR32FAN

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    Whats the PH of your water? I don’t know anything about betas but I do know that if your using tap water the PH can get really high sometimes depending on your water source. The last place I lived the PH was completely off the chart it was so high. I had to mix it with distilled bottle water which typically has a PH around 6 to get my water to a nice 7.2-7.6. Then again you might’ve just got a bad fish. Most pet stores will allow you to return a fish if it dies within 14 days but you have to bring a water sample so they can check to make sure it wasn’t your water that killed it.
     
  6. BNR32FAN

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    I got a small bamboo tree and I have it hanging in the top of the tank. Supposedly they help keep the nitrate level down but I’ve never had any nitrate or ammonia problems in my tank.
     
  7. BNR32FAN

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    Are you acclimating the fish before you release it into the tank? Place the bag in the tank and wait about 30-45 minutes before you release the fish and don’t pour the water from the bag into your tank.
     
  8. DragonFox91

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    That could've been the problem w/ the tetra. I didn't use any water from the cup for this betta.

    Yes, I float the bag/cup for a half hour first.
     
  9. DragonFox91

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    She seems to be doing okay. Ammonia flirts between 1 & 2. She is a very active swimmer, which apparently means they're stressed. But she eats her pellets & I think she sleeps at night. Hopefully ammonia will go down.....
     
  10. DragonFox91

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    Same thing. Ammonia seems to be staying at 2.......I wish it'd go down......She's still very active swimmer. I think she's stressed.......I wonder if I should be doing water changes consistently until ammonia goes down? I did one the other day.
     
  11. DragonFox91

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    Ammonia still around 1-2. I've been doing water changes twice a week.

    But bad news: Today I see she has Ick. :sob: I got medication for her. Hopefully it goes away in a week.

    She swims alongside the glass a lot. The ammonia is definitely getting to her, I think.
     
  12. DragonFox91

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    She rests more. Still fighting ick. One side of her looks good, the other not so much, but it's mainly on her fins, looks like.

    Still can't get ammonia to zero, & I tried cycling almost 3 weeks before adding her, & she's been in the tank almost 3 weeks. Plus filter's been on tank 2 months.
     
  13. DragonFox91

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    Today is her worse day. Still fighting ick on Day 8. She's sitting on the bottom a lot today. Ick doesn't look like it's getting better. Didn't eat. Not good.

    Tempted to put her out of her misery so I can try to start stabilizing the tank again sooner than later. :(
     
  14. DragonFox91

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    Joined a fish forum, seeing if they might know there why ammonia just stayed at 2 after 5-6 weeks w/out any nitrites or nitrates.
     
  15. DragonFox91

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    2 weeks of fishless cycling, plus 3 weeks of a fish in it, but 2 weeks of fishless cycling = ammonia still at 2
     
  16. DragonFox91

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    I believe aquarium is FINALLY cycled or very near it. Ammonia testing VERY low. Lots of Nitrates. I will be out of town off & on next week but thinking when I get back it'll be ready. :sunglasses:
     
  17. DragonFox91

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    Ammonia's been testing Zero even after adding fish food & raw ammonia. Added fish yesterday. She seems to be doing okay.
     
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