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Old 02-22-2013, 11:48 PM   #1
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Cichlids went to shock...

We got an aquarium a week ago and we started adding chemicals to it as instructed(to neutralize ammonia and nitrites in the water) and theres also a filter that was running non stop for a week - this was without the fish

Now as we bought the fishes (two red shoulder severum cichlids - tropical) we did as instructed such as putting the bag it came with it inside the fish tank first to get it to adjust to the temperature of the water for 30 mins etc... but as soon as the fish was inside the tank, it went into shock - it would just stay on the bottom.

What do I do? Completely clueless since this is my first tank

Help would be greatly appreciated, if you need further info I'll try my best to provide for such.

Thanks

Note: The filter and the heater is working as it should be
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:19 AM   #2
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Honestly I have had a few of my fish do this aswell...think alil about it...if some one took you from your home and put you in alil bag and then in a new area you ain't going to just start running around....and if it seems like they are "breathing" heavy just let them chill and get used to their new home....give it a few days and let ease in their own way...it will be good... how about a pic of this tank...you got some stuff in there right? Its not just fish and substrate is it?
Also try to keep up with your testing of water quality...good water=happy fish...
But let's get some stats and maybe a pic and hopefully maybe someone else chimes in....
But good luck and be patient....nothing happens over night..
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:26 AM   #3
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My tank when it was first started....55gal fw..

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Comb the threads, don't be scared to ask questions, and talk to your local fish store...try to advoid petsmart or petco type places due to your lfs specializes usally only in fish keeping where your big box store you might get an novice much like your self giving you advice...... hope this helps.
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Old 02-23-2013, 12:27 AM   #4
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Welcome to AA!

Do you have a good test kit? Whatis the quality? It sounds to me the tank hasnt cycled. This is a good link to great advice. Guide to Starting a Freshwater Aquarium - Aquarium Advice
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Do you have a good test kit? Whatis the quality? It sounds to me the tank hasnt cycled. This is a good link to great advice. Guide to Starting a Freshwater Aquarium - Aquarium Advice
We dont have a test kit but the guy at big al's did say it would be fine (without having to test the water) and he also recommended us a chemical that would help neutralize ammonia and nitrite before putting in the fish - which we did

We'll further observe for any changes as of right now I took this guy's advice about turning off the light and filter for 24 hours - http://answers.yahoo.com/question/in...2201800AAR3dwn
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Idk about turning off the filter while fish are in it...the light I can understand...plants or not run light about 10 to 12 hrs aday...

Was it prime he recommended? If so he might have some idea what he's talking about... but you might in time want to save up for a water test kit...might as well go all the way for the master kit....don't waste time on strips or the single chem kits...IMO...plus most fish stores and places will test your water for you usally for free...
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:09 AM   #7
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Def not cycled. Don't rely on chemicals. Get the liquid test kit its not more than $20 (and if they are more, whatever its not bad, and if you cant afford that, dont own living animals haha ) and lasts forever. And worth it. Please read about the cycling process and you will further understand what stress and possible fatality you just put your fish under.
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Floating the bag only acclimates the fish to temperature but not other changes like PH, etc. It's recommended to either drip acclimate new fish or add a small amount of your tank water to the bag every 15 minutes or so until the water doubles, then empty half out and do it again. This acclimates the fish to your water before you add them to the tank.

Also the tank isn't cycled, so you may want to read that link above.
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Do not turn off your filter. Leaving it off for that long would kill your bacteria if your tank was cycled.
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Cichlids will sulk for a few days when put into anew home. Do daily water changes while your tank cycles As it is very hard on the fish. I can't believe they told you to turn off your filter for a day.
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