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small tank probs, big time

Discussion in 'Fish and Aquarium - all types' started by 3_second_memory, Jul 17, 2004.

  1. 3_second_memory

    3_second_memory New Member

    iv menationed my 8.9gal guppy tank. its been up and running a few weeks i used a new filter soaked in established water. and filled the tank with established water, i had to put all the fish in though thast were in the previous tank coz i had no other room.

    up tillnow its had eye cload and interal deseases and iv lost 5 guppies and mollies.

    iv sinced put the live bearers im my big tank and my 40+ fry in a hosp tank with the plecs.

    Iv cleaned the whole tank and replaced the water with 75% established water, 25% tap water, and have set up the fluval 1 plus and UGF. im just leaving it too cycle. i was plannig to slowly add plants, then fish at time, will ths work coz my fish just keep dying.


    amy. x
  2. OneWolvesDream

    OneWolvesDream New Member

    hard to say! best you can do is hope not, if you gave it a good cleaning you might just not.
  3. 3_second_memory

    3_second_memory New Member

    mmmmmmmmm, its so sad, my pragnant guppy mum came down with the desease this morn, im trying to treat her but the treatments crap!!!
  4. OneWolvesDream

    OneWolvesDream New Member

    i told you about the primafix right? that stuff i think is sapposed to be better. and that would suck if your fry or mom came down with that.
  5. 3_second_memory

    3_second_memory New Member

    i know coz my fry are so juicy now
  6. OneWolvesDream

    OneWolvesDream New Member

    lol mine are so cute. they are mini versions of their moms. its a good thing because all my fry's parents died. :cry: :cry:
  7. 3_second_memory

    3_second_memory New Member

    its looking that way for me guppy fry too
  8. OneWolvesDream

    OneWolvesDream New Member

    yup, it looks so cute. its ammusin to watch them swim. lol.
  9. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    Water contains very little bacteria so if you're just using water from an established tank, it's not going to do much. You'd be better off doing a full fishless cycle (adding some filter media or gravel from an established tank will help speed it up).

  10. tina1

    tina1 New Member

    May I suggest adding lots more live plants? Live plants eat up ammonia and nitrate so if you are trying to cycle with fish it really makes the cycle a lot easier on them; not quite so many toxic things floating around. Also how about adding some gravel from an established tank or some filter media?

    Or am I totally reading your post wrong? :?
  11. Fish Addict

    Fish Addict New Member

    i agree with tina the more plants the better
  12. 3_second_memory

    3_second_memory New Member

    well yuo said lots of plants so i went out and baught 20 vales. There all in now and although i couldnt use other filter media i used bactozyme and some matured gravel mixed with current gravel in there.

    how long till i should add a few fish?
    how many?
    just aguppy at atime?

  13. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    Since you added the established gravel, that should help speed up the cycle.

    If you're doing a fishless cycle, you will have to add 5ppm ammonia every day and monitor your water parameters. When you can add 5ppm ammonia one day and the next day have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrIte, and some amount of nitrAte, do a water change and add all your fish at once.

    If you're going to cycle it with fish (not recommended because the high ammonia & nitrIte associated with cycling a tank might kill them), I'd add one or 2 at a time spaced a couple weeks apart. But you'll really have to monitor your water parameters and do water changes to keep everything as close to 0 as you can.

    Here is a very good article on cycling:

  14. 3_second_memory

    3_second_memory New Member

    im not sure how id add the ammonia so id go for adding small amounts of fish over a log peroid. i have amonia, nitrate, ph and oxygen tests so ill have to do my best with what iv got.
  15. eng_mast_2

    eng_mast_2 New Member

    what does 'fry' mean? i never heard of that....
  16. tina1

    tina1 New Member

    Its a baby fish. Just like we'd call baby dogs or cats puppies or kittens :)
  17. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    Fry are baby fish.

  18. kc5gvn

    kc5gvn New Member

    Doesn't make sense does it. You would think fry meant that they were pan size. lol
  19. Mwm

    Mwm New Member

    OneWolfsDream what kinda fry do you have? I mean like wat type of fish?
  20. t_chelle16

    t_chelle16 New Member

    LOL. My dad is always joking about my oscars being "eatin' size". And the other day I was at Walmart and in the meat dept. they had tilapia that where smaller than my oscars.


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