Hiya bsuball and welcome to Aquariumadvice
Just out of curiosity, was your tank cycled prior to adding your pictus? Or is the tank cycling right now? I'm guessing the tank was not cycled (I'm talking the nitrogen cycle here); if so, you will have to keep a VERY close eye on your water parameters (ammonia, nitrite, nitrate) for your fish to remain happy n healthy. I strongly suggest you read thru this site; it explains what the cycle is and how important it is to understand it: http://faq.thekrib.com/begin-cycling.html
. If you haven't picked up test kits, go get them ASAP
. The liquid/vial tests are more accurate and overall much better then the dipstick type; I use Aquarium Pharmaceuticals saltwater/freshwater brand (in a bright yellow box).
Also, if you are going to be getting more buddies for him, I strongly suggest investing in a QT tank. One never knows whats floating around the tanks at the lfs
, and you certainly don't want the first guy to get sick if the new ones wind up carrying some disease. Better to QT them for a couple of weeks to be sure; also its easier to medicate in a QT if it becomes necessary, as then you won't mess up the nitrifying bacteria colonies that have been working so hard to get established (meds will usually muck them up).
Lastly (for now LOL
) what size tank is it?
aka Cycling Guru and the Ich Slayer
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