Originally Posted by e30 gangsta
That sucks you had so many die on you. I remember almost dreading to walk into my living room some morning when my tank was cycling for the fear of seeing one of my golds floating. I wasn't expecting to become attached to them like I have.
I'm assuming you are cycling with fish? I had to do that to as I didn't have an option because of winning my golds at a fair and had to quickly purchase a tank, etc.
You definitely may want to cycle with the one remaining fish for a bit to grow the BB (beneficial bacteria) and then slowly add other fish you want.
I have read on these fish and what they like. Community tropical fish like a ph of 7.0 and a temp range of 72 to 82. My tank is currently set at 76. Yes im cycling with fish. When I first started my tank, I used
2 rounded table spoons of salt
and a bacteria starter.
I think where I messed up was putting so many fish in at once. Hence why I got a nasty ph spike. I hope when i get home the rest of my buddies are still there. If not I might just restart the whole process all over again.[/QUOTE]
Are you using tap water? I never used tap. I used bottled drinking or spring water.
I didn't really use any bacteria starter except when I went with the larger tank. Used water from the old tank and the filter from the old filter.
I'm not sure about using salt as too much could prevent BB from growing. I would use Prime which detoxes the ammonia and nitrite but keep it available for the BB to use to multiply.
I put some crushed coral in my filter to buffer water and never had an issue with my ph.