I got my first fish tank about 2 months ago, got it set up and added 4 fish, I got 2 zebra danio and 2 black skirt tetras.
A little about my tank, It is a 29 gallon, I have the eclipse 3 hood, a UGF
Now my problem, I have had this tank set up with fish for about 6 weeks(had it run for a few days with no fish to make sure it functioned properly)
I did regular water changes 3 times a week of 2-3 gallons each time(roughly 10%) The only chemical I have put into my tank is Stress Coat
I had my LFS
test my water recently, they said I was fine to add a few more fish(as well as petco and petsmart all said that) So I added 3 neon tetras. Everything was all fine and dandy until I came home from work 1 day after adding my new fish, and found 1 dead, I didn't think much of it at the time. At this time, i got the API fresh water master test kit, tested my tank for ammonia, no2
, and no3
. here is what i got
Ammonia: roughly 1.5ppm
PH: Roughly 8
I was expecting a little ammonia since well, i added some more fish. I waited a few more days to see if it would go down, retested it and got the same numbers. Scared i did a 30% water change to keep my other neons alive. The next day one more died, leaving me with one. (the water change did drop my ammonia down to about .9-1 ppm
A week later(today) I tested my water again
PH: Roughly 8.
Is my tank cycling again? Did I not do something I should, Did i do something I shouldn't have?
I still have my one neon tetra alive(he seems to be doing fine, he just hides since he has no friends(when they were all in there, they swam around the tank) My other fish all seem happy, I Feed them once a day about 2 flakes a piece to not overwhelm my bio filter.
After seeing my results it got my wondering if my tap water was the culpret testing that i found
PH: Roughly 8.
Was my tank almost cycled and by adding fish to soon I made it recycle? If so shouldn't I have some Nitrite by now? and why do i still have Nitrate then? I do have algea growing(green and brown) in my tank. I'm at a loss and don't trust any of the fish stores around here because they are all saying different things, and don't seem positive in what they are saying.
What should I do to prevent any further fish loss(Yes I will say I should have gone the fish less cycle!)