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Old 11-24-2019, 11:24 PM   #1
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Hello! Canadian fairly new to fishkeeping here. As a child my dad and I tried (killed promptly) a tank of fish, so as an adult was a little afraid as I treat all my pets like family and get upset when I lose one... Have had a fluval 15g bowfront for a year and a half now and just purchased a 55g to upgrade to (slowly!)

I've successfully kept 7/8 glofish tetras and 3 panda cories alive in this time, but have lost many neon tetras (down to 2 now, just waiting for them to pass too basically as I wont bother fighting the mouth growths/bent tails anymore, too common I hear?) and guppies (all seem to get bloated and frayed tails, then pass away, currently down to 1).

I'm seeing some concerns with a couple of the glofish now, and am wanting to eradicate anything I'm doing wrong to shorten fishies life spans before I expand to a bigger tank. One glofish (orange) seems to be recently floating more head down/tail rising when not in motion. Another glofish (green) seems to tilt sideways a bit when not in motion. And I have one that was smallest when I got it that grew HUGE and has had a very large belly for months (no pineconing or signs of distress).

Use Api freshwater test kit, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, Nitrate ~30ppm. Utilize Prime, Stressguard, Melafix and aquarium salt regularly. Have Kanaplex and Sulfaplex on hand.

Any words of wisdom are welcomed!!!

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The Aquarium Advice article link will give you a good basis for water keeping. The nitrification "cycle" is the key for stable water and fish which are happy.

By getting the water stable and the tank cycled, you will be able to get some of the symptoms you mention reduced/ eliminated. Sometimes there are just sick fish you bring home. But often it is the toxic water parameters which causes stress and increases illness and death.

One of the most useful things I learned was not to rinse filter media in chlorinated tap water. It kills the beneficial bacteria (BB) which make the tank cycle work.


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