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Old 06-10-2012, 08:23 AM   #1
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Hey all. Good to be on the forums now.

Names Ashley. From the south of Australia and recently just started an aquarium.
My partner and I. Recently purchased a 65L tank with heater and 3 angelfish and 3 cardinal tetras. Everything was going okay. Did 10% water change after a week. Then added 3 more cardinals then the angel fish spent a lot of time at the top of the water. Then this morning we lost one. Very sad. Its quite stressful as this our first time and it's sad losing fish and it was my partners favorite. The other 2 I think may have ammonia poisoning due to the fact it's a fresh tank and we haven't cycled it yet.


We did a 50% water change today with declorinated water and stress coat. The Angels were okay for a few minutes then they were back to the top again.


I really don't want to lose Any more angels and i know it's harsh on them. Any help would be great with the matter. I think Ive mentioned everything.


Thanks.
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Old 06-10-2012, 08:38 AM   #2
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Hey all. Good to be on the forums now.

Names Ashley. From the south of Australia and recently just started an aquarium.
My partner and I. Recently purchased a 65L tank with heater and 3 angelfish and 3 cardinal tetras. Everything was going okay. Did 10% water change after a week. Then added 3 more cardinals then the angel fish spent a lot of time at the top of the water. Then this morning we lost one. Very sad. Its quite stressful as this our first time and it's sad losing fish and it was my partners favorite. The other 2 I think may have ammonia poisoning due to the fact it's a fresh tank and we haven't cycled it yet.

We did a 50% water change today with declorinated water and stress coat. The Angels were okay for a few minutes then they were back to the top again.

I really don't want to lose Any more angels and i know it's harsh on them. Any help would be great with the matter. I think Ive mentioned everything.

Thanks.
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First off angels need a 30 gal tank at the bare minimum, for yours I would get a 55 or rehome one and get a thirty
If you can't get a bigger tank rehome all the fish because the cardinals need at the minimum 20 gallons also
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:09 AM   #3
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When I started, I had ammonia problems also. My LFS said to do 20% water changes ever other day.

Your nitrite levels will spike also. Just keep changing your water. I don't like he idea of adding chems. unless its an emergency. Test your levels daily and change your water a lot.

That is what I did and after 3 weeks everything cycled fine. It will drop like magic.

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Old 06-10-2012, 09:12 AM   #4
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Awesome. Thanks heaps for the advice guys. I'll just keep changing water for now. Hopefully I don't lose anymore angels. There good fishys. I'll keep updates.

Thanks again guys.
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My father in law is old school and has had fish longer than I've known him. He makes fun of me all the time for working so hard for my tank.

My LFS has given great advice so far and they say don't add chems unless they are sick and change your water. and if they are, being a water sample first.

BTW, do you have a master test kit?
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Old 06-10-2012, 09:27 AM   #6
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I haven't got the master test kit yet. But it's deffinatley on the list for my next pay. I currently have ammonia test strips. But they don't seem very affective.

The master kit is quite expensive. Is it great in the long run?
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Yes. It's more accurate, Last longer, and test for regular ph, high ph, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates.

I payed about $35 (us?) don't know where you're at. It's great.
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I'm actually in Australia lol. It's about $57 AUS. But I will get one next pay. Will come in handy.

The angels just seem to be spending alot of time at the surface but don't look unhealthy? So I'm not sure of its normal or if they should be swimming around lower or whatnot.
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I'm fairly new myself. Not sure of that breed. Good luck though.
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Old 06-10-2012, 11:05 AM   #10
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Thanks for the advice too.

Goodluck with your fish
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