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Buffy16938
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)18:20    Post subject: Losing fish Reply with quote

My fish tank had been cycling for about a week, and I decided to get three cardinal tetras. I'm starting to think that was a bad idea. I got the fish yesterday. One is already dead. I was told by the fish store to feed them every other day, is that correct? I was wondering about it. I know the temp isn't a problem, I check on them constantly. I just feel really awful, does anyone have any suggestion how I might save the other two. Or were these fish not good to cycle with? I have those strips that test for everything (5 in 1) but I am so horribly confused by them.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)18:22    Post subject: Reply with quote

You're fish are dying due to the ammonia that is presant due to the cycling process.
My advice would be to take the fish back, and start a fishless cycle:
http://www.aquahobby.com/articles/e_fishless.php
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)18:48    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you lunarflame, I can't take them back until tomorrow afternoon, I have classes early tomorrow, is there anything I can do to try to help them now and through the night?
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)18:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buffy16938 wrote:
thank you lunarflame, I can't take them back until tomorrow afternoon, I have classes early tomorrow, is there anything I can do to try to help them now and through the night?



The only thing you can really do, is a water change..
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)18:54    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do a 1/3 tank water change and try to watch the ammonia levels as best you can. Cool
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)18:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, does this normally happen? Is it the way that one by one they die, or do some die at the same time? Was this fish just possibly weaker than the rest. Sorry, I am really not good at this. The fish store I went to said I should have gotten danios but they weren't what I had wanted, so I had to go and get tetras. Should I also take a water sample for them to test?
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)19:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

Check out the article on the nitrogen cycle in our articles section to see what goes on inside your tank chemically. Also, I would get your own test kit. Aquarium Pharmaceuticals makes the best master test kit on the market IME.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)19:07    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have a read of the post 'cycling and the right "advice"' aswell I am in the same boat as you but luckily I have not yet lost a fish
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)19:20    Post subject: Reply with quote

thank you all, I just did about a 1/3 water change. After you are done cycling is it easier for your fish to survive? I have read it has, just wanted to make sure. The two other fish are still going along with a lot of energy and exploring the tank.
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PostPosted: 2005.04.21(Thu)19:24    Post subject: Reply with quote

Buffy16938 wrote:
thank you all, I just did about a 1/3 water change. After you are done cycling is it easier for your fish to survive? I have read it has, just wanted to make sure. The two other fish are still going along with a lot of energy and exploring the tank.



After cycling, there is no reason you're fish should die, unless they have a disease, or kill one another, etc.

Cycling is the number one killer of fish for new fish owners. Many do not realize that they need to cycle BEFORE adding fish, etc.
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