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Old 02-16-2012, 12:04 AM   #1
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What am I doing? Overwhelmed.

We decided to get fish didnt know anything. Went to the fish store wanted to get fish and tank the same day. Was advised thankfully not to. Set tank up with me running to the computer everystep of the way, cycled it waited a week thought we were doing everything right. All the fish died within a week, it looked like the tank cycled again. I felt so helpless and guilty and ive been crying for 2 days even though i didnt have time to name a single fish. 3 guppies, 1 sucker, 2 angels. I did know about the 2 fish rule. Cant tell my husband anything though. MEN. Is it normal to be this upset over fish? I dont even want any any more i watched them all die. But we just sunk 1000 dollars into the system. Also, my husband really wanted angel fish but he got a really expensive filter, could it be possible that the filter even when turned right down is still too strong of a current for the angel fish. unfortunately I have no idea what kind of filter it is, he just said its top of the line from pet smart. Goodnight , please dont be too harsh, i do feel very bad and shamefull that i could let this happen. Shame on me. Shame on me.

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Old 02-16-2012, 12:22 AM   #2
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Sorry about your loss. This is a good forum I'm yet to see abusive behavior. Here is a link that will help The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling

There is alot more to cycling a tank than setting up a tank a waiting a week. The link will cover it.
Can you give us more info about size of tank and what kind of filter. Soon others with boat loads more experience will be here soon I'm sure.

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Old 02-16-2012, 12:41 AM   #3
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Welcome and sorry for your loses. I to did the same thing as you. This forum is a godsend. It will get better.
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Old 02-16-2012, 12:59 AM   #4
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Don't give up!!! Research is key and once you get your tank right, think of your new fishes happy lives as a tribute to those who have fallen too soon
When you buy tanks, just to sell them for more money then use that extra cash for your own fish.....You have a problem!
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:02 AM   #5
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Hello and welcome!
I'm sorry for your losses. Cycling a tank is the process of growing bacteria (mostly in the filter) to process the ammonia your fish produce. To start and continue a cycle you need an ammonia source either from fish or bottled ammonia. It sounds to me like your tank was in the beginning stages of the cycle and experienced an ammonia spike high enough to kill off your fish.
What size tank was it?
Here are some helpful articles for you to have a read through.
The (almost) Complete Guide and FAQ to Fishless Cycling


Fish-in Cycling: Step over into the dark side.

Guide to Starting a Freshwater Aquarium
Please if you have any questions at all feel free to ask!
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