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Old 09-03-2011, 12:15 AM   #1
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Another newbie here!

Hi, I'm new to fish and this site. My husband and i purchased a 20 gallon tank about two weeks ago. We came home set it up and ran the filter for a little over 24 hours. We went back to the store and bought 5 male guppies. 2 died by that night, but the other 3 are doing fine.
About a week after we added two male Gourami's. One was dead when we woke up the next morning, but the second is doing great.
We have 4 live plants, gravel bottom, a rock cave, and a decoration with holes to hide/swim through.
I have test strips that I've been testing the water with every other day. Levels are all where they should be except that the ph is around 8.3/8.4. But it's constantly here so I wasn't sure if it was a problem or not. I don't want to get any more for the tank until we know why the 4 died. Thanks for any advice!

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Old 09-03-2011, 03:25 AM   #2
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Your tank is probably not cycled. Reading this should help you:


The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling

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Welcome to the forum......Cycling your tank is very important.
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