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jmackma 10-03-2013 09:23 PM

Newbie struggling a bit
 
Hello! My 5-year-old wanted a 'pet' and so we settled on fish. I researched the heck out of it and discovered a new hobby for myself which is very exciting! Everything went so well until our first fish arrived and now they're dying on us :nono:
Background:
  • Purchased a 25 gallon Aqueon Premium Aquarium Kit (T5 lamp, heater, quiet flow power filter).
  • Added aquarium gravel, a few decorations and a bubbler pirate cave
  • Planted 2 El Nino Fern, 1 Amazon sword, 1 Umbrella Plant, 1 Narrow leaf java plant
  • Filled with tap water
  • Added 12.5 ml Aqueon water conditioner
  • Added 25ml Aqueon plant food
  • Temp is hovering at 78 degrees
We waited one week and then went to petSmart. They tested a water sample and said it was 'great'. We bought 4 long-finned red minor tetras which were supposed to be the 'hardiest'. Float the bag for 20 minutes, added some aquarium water to the bag and waited another 15 minutes, then used a net to move them from the bag to the aquarium. A few hours later fed them a pinch of Aqueon tropical fish flakes which they went crazy over. Also added another dose of plant food (25ml).

24 hours later 2 were behaving strange. We fed another pinch of flakes and none of them went after the food. 2 died within a few more hours. Brought them back with a sample of water which tested 'fine' again although the PH was a little high. Replaced with 2 more. Same story. lasted 48 hours this time but not interested in the flakes. 2 more dead (wasn't prepared for citing life-lessons to my 5-year-old either!).

Perhaps I give up on tetras and move on to cichlids which like a higher ph? was it the plant food? the fish flakes? trauma? locusts? flies? plague. :)

p.s. i'll be scouring posts next on how to adapt an aqueon water changer to a new pull-down faucet. the adapter it came with doesn't fit. argggh.

signed, what did i get myself into.:banghead:

Sillyfishies 10-03-2013 11:12 PM

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Originally Posted by jmackma (Post 2674752)
Hello! My 5-year-old wanted a 'pet' and so we settled on fish. I researched the heck out of it and discovered a new hobby for myself which is very exciting! Everything went so well until our first fish arrived and now they're dying on us :nono:
Background:
[*]Purchased a 25 gallon Aqueon Premium Aquarium Kit (T5 lamp, heater, quiet flow power filter).[*]Added aquarium gravel, a few decorations and a bubbler pirate cave[*]Planted 2 El Nino Fern, 1 Amazon sword, 1 Umbrella Plant, 1 Narrow leaf java plant[*]Filled with tap water[*]Added 12.5 ml Aqueon water conditioner[*]Added 25ml Aqueon plant food[*]Temp is hovering at 78 degrees
We waited one week and then went to petSmart. They tested a water sample and said it was 'great'. We bought 4 long-finned red minor tetras which were supposed to be the 'hardiest'. Float the bag for 20 minutes, added some aquarium water to the bag and waited another 15 minutes, then used a net to move them from the bag to the aquarium. A few hours later fed them a pinch of Aqueon tropical fish flakes which they went crazy over. Also added another dose of plant food (25ml).

24 hours later 2 were behaving strange. We fed another pinch of flakes and none of them went after the food. 2 died within a few more hours. Brought them back with a sample of water which tested 'fine' again although the PH was a little high. Replaced with 2 more. Same story. lasted 48 hours this time but not interested in the flakes. 2 more dead (wasn't prepared for citing life-lessons to my 5-year-old either!).

Perhaps I give up on tetras and move on to cichlids which like a higher ph? was it the plant food? the fish flakes? trauma? locusts? flies? plague. :)

p.s. i'll be scouring posts next on how to adapt an aqueon water changer to a new pull-down faucet. the adapter it came with doesn't fit. argggh.

signed, what did i get myself into.:banghead:

Your tank isn't cycled... I'd read up on the cycling process. Basically there's bacteria that converts ammonia to nitrite and nitrite to nitrate. Which nitrate is the least toxic form.

There's no cichlids that can go in a 25 gallon tank (that likes high ph) other then shell dwellers.

I'd cycle your tank and then we can figure out what the stocking should be.

I would highly suggest buying the API master test kit because petco and Petsmart are well known to tell you your parameters are fine when they aren't.

jmackma 10-04-2013 08:54 AM

ok thanks so much! I'll look into cycling. I did get the API master test kit. All ammonia, nitrate and nitrite levels are normal. Just the Ph that's a bit off.


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