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New tank setup- dying fish

Discussion in 'Fish Diseases & Cures' started by crayondragon, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Anthony

    Anthony Active Member

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    Normally about 3-8 weeks if you don't do anything to kill the beneficial bacteria that's trying to establish itself.
     
  2. crayondragon

    crayondragon Thread Starter New Member

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    So I need to get the ammonia back up to 1.0 and then cut it back down? What does that do?
     
  3. crayondragon

    crayondragon Thread Starter New Member

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    Just re-tested my water... it's between a .25 and a 0 ppm. When do you think I should do my next water change?
     
  4. Anthony

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    It may not go back up to 1ppm. If it continues to stay below .25ppm then just wait a week from the day you changed the water last and do a 20-40% change that day.
     
  5. crayondragon

    crayondragon Thread Starter New Member

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    Okay! :) I just got 2 more guppies last night. Some of the really big fancy tails. so I have 4 guppies in my tank. I thought that 2 wouldn't bother.
     
  6. Anthony

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    I went ahead and moved this since your fish aren't sick.

    How's the tank doing ?
     
  7. crayondragon

    crayondragon Thread Starter New Member

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    One of the guppies died this morning. :( The female. The temp is still right... the others appear to be fine... the ammonia is at a .25 or so... probably lower. I don't know if I did something wrong?
     
  8. MOD_Dawn

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    Any ammonia present can do a fish under.
    Has to finish cycling imo.
     
  9. Guidoman888

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    I think the ammonia caused it but you have 2 males and 2 females right? The female could also get stressed by the males.
     
  10. Anthony

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    It was likely a combo of the low ammonia levels in the tank and stress. Once your tank is cycled you shouldn't have any more problems.
     
  11. crayondragon

    crayondragon Thread Starter New Member

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    I had 3 males and 1 female. that may have been part of the problem too...
     
  12. MOD_Dawn

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    yup, never have more males then females.
    Gupsters should have a high FEMALE to male ratio...at least 3 females for every male in the tank.
     
  13. Guidoman888

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    Exactly, That's why I moved my cycle female to the big tank. She'd die so soon.
     
  14. crayondragon

    crayondragon Thread Starter New Member

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    Alright... All of my fish are dying again! First the female... then a male the next day. I have a male sitting at the bottom of the tank right now about to die... and another that's been staying at the top of the tank all day! It hasn't been swimming! What should I do...

    I do want to mention that the female that died in the tank had what appeared to be fuzz on her the next morning. Some kind of mold? I don't know... Can you please help me? I don't know what to do!
     
  15. MOD_Dawn

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    fuzz could be from fungus, overfeeding and you'll notice it on uneaten food....Is that tank cycled? I'd be testing the water and providing us with full readings.
     
  16. crayondragon

    crayondragon Thread Starter New Member

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    I have tested the ammonia because that's the only kit that I have. I will take it to the store tomorrow and have it fully tested and see if that helps. My ammonia is between a 0-.25 ppm. My tank is not cycled. I don't believe.
     
  17. Anthony

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    Until that ammonia goes down to 0 your tank isn't cycled yet.

    When was your last water change ?
     
  18. MOD_Dawn

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    not sure where you wanted this anthony...stuck it in sick due to deaths.
    Feel free to move where needed.
     
  19. crayondragon

    crayondragon Thread Starter New Member

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    I did a 25% water change on the 25th.
     
  20. Guidoman888

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    You should do a waster change every week, with cycling it might be better to do often