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Old 12-03-2011, 08:25 PM   #1
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Help needed (guppy problem)

Water / filter cleaning yesterday.
This morning, 1 of 2 guppies died. Ok, so my son was quite upset and we got another 2. After some time getting used to temperature i let them out and they seemed quite happy.
Next i know some 10 hours later, 1 of the new guys died and now both remaining more or less stopped swimming.

Alarmed i took them out of water and put them with some plant into a small pan with fresh water treated with aquasafe. They're still not moving much, but it seems to be a little bit better.

But, what now? Need advice. Never had fish before 2 months ago (son's birthday)
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:28 PM   #2
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Is the tank cycled? I am almost sure it isnt if this is happening
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Is the tank cycled? I am almost sure it isnt if this is happening
Yes, using a little pump
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Also, what size tank is this? Any other fish in the tank? Do you have a test kit? You will also get more replies if you post this question in the freshwater unhealthy fish section.
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Yes, using a little pump
In it a filter sponge with filtering carbon replaced yesterday
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Very small tank ( 10"x10"x10")
Only 2 guppies in it

And i have no testkit (went to 2 shops today, no luck)
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No, cycled as in adding an ammonia source to let ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate go through a cycle so it is ready for fish. Or did you just dechlorinate the water and add fish?
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Cycled means having a beneficial bacterial colony to convert toxic fish waste (ammonia) into nitrIte (still toxic), then another bacterial colonly turns nitrIte into nitrAte.(not nearly as toxic) When you throw away and replace your filter media, you also throw away the beneficial bacteria. Here is a link that will explain cycling more in-depth: http://www.aquariumadvice.com/articles/articles/124/2/-I-just-learned-about-cycling-but-I-already-have-fish-What-now/Page2.html
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No, cycled as in adding an ammonia source to let ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate go through a cycle so it is ready for fish. Or did you just dechlorinate the water and add fish?
Added hornwart i got from a friend to the water and waited for a week until i added the guppies
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Hi and welcome to AA! The link above will help alot. The first thing you will need to do is large PWC (partial water change) 75% to the tank using fresh dechlorinated water. Your tank is going through a cycle or mini cycle. If you can't get a test kit you can take a water sample into a LFS (local fish store) it get it tested. Make sure they use a liquid test kit not strips. Strips are inaccurate. If you are able to buy one yourself (which is recommended) the API freshwater liquid master test kit is the one to get. Value for money are fairly accurate.
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