Iím going to try to provide as much information as possible, so please bare with me.
On March 26th I bought a Aqueon Neoglow Aquarium Kit Hexagon. It is an 8 gal
. tank, I realized afterwards that the fish have to be in a tank of 10 gal
. or more. My mom told me that we had to let the filter run for 72 hours before putting the fish in, we ended up asking the manager at the pet store if we were able to put the fish in right after we set up the tank and we said it would be okay.
We bought 6 glofish because I thought itíd be a good number. Sadly, thatís too many glofish for a 8 gal
. tank. But, I ALSO realized afterwards that glofish need to be in groups of 6 or more. When we got home, we placed the bag in the tank and waited 20 minutes before releasing the glofish into the tank.
They were fine for the first few days but I noticed that the pink one wasnít looking too good. It was very bloated,the next day, it died and so did the blue one. I was now down to 4 fish. When these two glofish died, my orange one started to look bloated too and itís eyes were bulging. The orange one ended up dying too. And I was down to 3 fish.
I now had a purple fish, a neon green fish, and a tiger barb. I was very paranoid and I kept checking on them, the three of them were playing and I finally calmed down and walked away. A few minutes later I came back to check on them and the tiger barb was dead on one of the artificial plants.
I ended up trying again and getting 4 more fish. (Not all at once.) I got a red glofish, a yellow glofish, a blue glofish, and a tiger barb. I now had 6 again, and they were all doing great for at least a month.
Yesterday, at 4 PM, I did the regular routine with my mom and we cleaned the tank. We usually leave the fish in the tank while cleaning because the process of chasing them to put them somewhere separate would stress them out even more. We vacuumed the pebbles, added a new bag of pebbles, added a snail figurine decoration, and switched out some of the water with new water. They were very happy and healthy. They had normal behavior, they were eating normally, and they were completely fine.
I fell asleep at 5 PM by accident, and when I woke up at 4 AM I checked on them and three of them died. One was on the bottom of the tank sideways, one was one a plant, and the other floating upside down at the top. We took out the bodies because of contamination.
I was really frustrated and heartbroken. I didnít know what to do, my mom suggested that we should leave them alone and see what happens. I stood up until 7 AM watching them and I finally went to school, when I came back at 3 PM my mom told me the red tiger barb had died. Now Iím left with the red glofish and the purple glofish. I genuinely donít know where I went wrong.
Thereís so many mistakes that I made, but I donít think that those little things couldíve killed so many fish at once. I really need some advice or someone to help me because at this point Iím going to have a breakdown and Iím obviously not suited for taking care of fish. I wanted my own pets, and I didnít think they would be hard to keep alive but even the slightest mistakes I made have killed them.
At least 10 fish have died and I feel so bad. theyíre living, breathing, beings too and I donít want to keep killing them even if it is by accident. Should I just give up on fish?? I feel so bad.
- I feed my fish once breakfast, lunch, and dinner. (8 AM, 3 PM, 8-10 PM.)
- We clean the tank at the beginning and the end of every month.
My fish used to greet me happily and wait for me to feed them or give them attention. Now the remaining two hide from me, I know fish canít experience emotions but I feel like theyíre really holding a grudge or they hate me now and itís so depressing. They used to love me and now itís like theyíre scared of me, hell, I would be too. I feel like I killed all of their friends.
Ammonia: 0.25 ppm
Nitrate: 0 ppm
Nitrite: 0 ppm