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Old 03-22-2015, 01:47 PM   #1
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So i just got a 35 gal aquarium and stocked it with 5 cichlids from petsmart assorted cichlid aquarium i got a aqua clear hob 50 filter... put fish in last night this morning they r not doing well so i tested the water good ph very little ammonia no nitrites or nitrates..

So i took the air pump from my ten gal and put it In the cichlids tank could not enough oxygen have been the problem? They r all just sitting on the bottom of the tank not swimmin around

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Old 03-22-2015, 01:54 PM   #2
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Hi.

You need to cycle the tank.

Freshwater -> Getting Started section should help you out with that.

I would take back the cichlids till you can properly cycle the tank plus that's a bit small for all those especially since you haven't listed their species.


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Old 03-22-2015, 02:00 PM   #3
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No offence caleb but i have fish in cycled 3 tanks i took a reading this morning of less than .25 ammonia
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No offence caleb but i have fish in cycled 3 tanks i took a reading this morning of less than .25 ammonia

No offense but I have 3 fully functional happy tanks as well.(10,45,75)

The signs of ammonia and no nitrate indicate the tank is likely not cycled. And depending on the species, 35 gallons is too small for that many cichlids.


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Old 03-22-2015, 02:07 PM   #5
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The ammonia reading and lack of stability in the tank explains itself for their lack of activity, they are stressed.


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Caleb's right. The tank isn't cycled and 5 cichlids is way too many to fish in cycle. But let's take it a step a time. What exactly are the cichlids along with their size? Also are you aware the tank is too small for them?

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2 of them are 2 inches and 3 of them are less than a inch...idk what type they are they were in a tank labelled assorted african cichlids if i put them in my cycled ten gallon would that help? And my wifes had cichlids before so we can get a bigger tank once they grow...
And im srry caleb not trying to offend but theyres even a article on this site about fish in cycling... i obviously misread it from the responses im getting so srry man

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2 of them are 2 inches and 3 of them are less than a inch...idk what type they are they were in a tank labelled assorted african cichlids if i put them in my cycled ten gallon would that help? And my wifes had cichlids before so we can get a bigger tank once they grow...
And im srry caleb not trying to offend but theyres even a article on this site about fish in cycling... i obviously misread it from the responses im getting so srry man

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That many in a 10g would be a disaster imo, too little space and too much bioload. Take them back and sort out what species you want before you buy.


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I cant take em back store is closed today i live out of town and the petsmart near me is closed for cleaning today and they are not full big yet im trying to post pics idk how on the app

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Just watch ammonia and nitrite daily. Any time its either is at or above .5 do a 50% water change with prime. You will be fine how ever not knowing what you have is a problem as far as knowing if they are compatible. What is the foot print of the tank?
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