Originally Posted by hill2107
Just bought a new 55 gal
tank. I purchased 10 tiger bards as a hardy fish to make my tank cycle faster. Now my fish is dying...I only have 5 left. Is this common. Ive had it up and running about 3 weeks now. Im gonna test my water tomorrow and see how everything is looking.
If you haven't started already I suggest daily partial water changes until the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are at safe levels. If you don't have something to test these I suggest you go out and either get some test strips or liquid reagent test kits. I use both although the test strips are less accurate. In an emergency you can use Prime or something similar to detoxify your water. You should be using something like this anyway to treat your water before adding it to the aquarium.
Don't hesitate to post any more questions you might have. Everyone starts out at the beginning sometime and you should find a lot of people here willing to help you.
Gene Heitman - 12 tanks (11 freshwater and 1 saltwater), 206 gallons, 20+ species of fish/shrimp/snails, 52+ species of plants ... 10 years ago I just wanted 1 tank with some fish