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Old 01-23-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
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Unhappy Aquarium under turmoil

I got my daughter a 55g tank for x-mas, it was an upgade from a 20g. We added about 7 fish over a couple weeks then suddenly notices they were dying one after another. We lost a huge angel, a huge goldfish that was already under turmoil and she was from old tank, a black goldfish from old tank, a one eyed black bug eyed fish that was new, a sucky fish was discovered while emptying tank (he was very blue in color I amsuming he was dead a while), and a tiny angel just dissapeared. I did a 75% water change and waited about a wk before putting decorations back in tank. A wk later (today) I did a 50% water change and put in new active carbon filters and also added a under gravel filter system without placing the carbon in as I want as much water movement as possible and have been told that those small filters only slow the flow. I am reluctant to add chemicals to the water so the only thing I have put in it is the dechlorinater. I have not lost any more fish since I did the 75% replacement, yes I had survivors. 4 goldfish, some kind of pinkish fish, a large algae eater, These survivors were all from the old tank. The newly added that made it include a small albino algae eater and about 7 tiny fish with fluorescent markings. Could it be possible that there were too many fish and not enough water changes. I have no clue what went wrong and I am heartbroken over the ones that died , of course they were all the unique ones. I am here to learn so I can improve my fishies lives, I hope you all can help with great advice.

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Old 01-23-2012, 01:18 PM   #2
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Sorry about all your fishes
First off, did you cycle your tank? I didn't see you mention it.
Second your gold fish are not compatible with the other fish that you mentioned. They are a cool water fish and your others are tropical.
Do you only have an under gravel filter? I don't have any experience with them myself. But if so someone else can probably chime in on that subject.

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Welcome, thanks for joining. Sorry about your losses.
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Old 01-23-2012, 05:27 PM   #4
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Hi and welcome!
Im sorry about your fish. Your tank is over and incorrectly stocked. Goldfish do not belong in a tank with tropical fish. They require different water temperatures and food. With just 4 fancy goldfish your tank would be stocked to capacity. It sounds like your tank is cycling. Do you own a test kit? what are the results?
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