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Old 11-24-2017, 08:52 AM   #1
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I have a 25l tank and only just got the fish yesterday - 4 male guppies and 4 neon tetras heated and filtered. I am just wondering why my male guppies are all darting around the tank up and downwards. I have experience with other fish because I also have a 60l tank also. Please help...
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Old 11-24-2017, 09:15 AM   #2
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Did you cycle the tank before adding fish? If not the ammonia in the tank may be high resulting in the fish behaving erratically because of poor water quality.
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Yes I did cycle the tank for a week before and tested the ammonia and none was present.
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Is there cover like plants and rocks for the fish?
A picture of tank might help .
As for zero ammonia have you tested for nitrItes or nitrAtes ?
How do you test ,liquid , strips or store?
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It's going to take longer than a week to cycle your tank, probably at the minimum, three.
Might be a good idea to change 15% to 20% of the water a day for a few weeks until things level out.
Your male guppies glass surfing behavior might be ammonia related, but more likely "reflection" related.
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Ok the pet shop says a minimum of 3 days cycling! Should I do the water changes any more frequently than every week (that’s what I’d normally do anyway)
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I suggest reading through a few of these articles about getting started. They are pretty helpful! Pet stores are notorious for telling people the wrong info about cycling.
Since you have fish, you will want to do a fish-in cycle. It can easily be done without hurting the fish. You already have a test kit so you are in good shape. The article explaining how to do it is in that link.
Without seeing the fish, it is hard to diagnose the behavior exactly. but,m a few options include not enough hiding places, getting adjusted to the new tank, establishing a social order between the fish, or ammonia agitation to name a few. Keep on top of testing the water and make sure there is plenty of decor in there for them to feel comfortable.
Bets of luck, feel free to ask any questions.
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Is there cover like plants and rocks for the fish?
A picture of tank might help .
As for zero ammonia have you tested for nitrItes or nitrAtes ?
How do you test ,liquid , strips or store?
Here is a picture of my tank:

I have strips for ammonia but have run out of nitrate and nitrite ones.
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I suggest reading through a few of these articles about getting started. They are pretty helpful! Pet stores are notorious for telling people the wrong info about cycling.
Since you have fish, you will want to do a fish-in cycle. It can easily be done without hurting the fish. You already have a test kit so you are in good shape. The article explaining how to do it is in that link.
Without seeing the fish, it is hard to diagnose the behavior exactly. but,m a few options include not enough hiding places, getting adjusted to the new tank, establishing a social order between the fish, or ammonia agitation to name a few. Keep on top of testing the water and make sure there is plenty of decor in there for them to feel comfortable.
Bets of luck, feel free to ask any questions.
There is a picture of my tank above, thanks for your help!
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When you say reflection related, the fish aren’t swimming frantically near the glass so it could be something else. Thanks for your help!
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