I am totally new to everything fish and I recently got a rescue Carnival fair fish from someone Who has had the fish in a 1 gallon tank unfiltered for 2 1/2 months.
I bought a 16 gallon steralite bin for him to hang out in until I can cycle the tank I bought for the poor goldfish but I can't figure out if it will be better for him or I should just keep him in the small unfiltered tank and continue doing 100% water changes every day including cleaning rocks and fake plant.
The bigger problem...is that I have already tried cycling the tank twice which has taken one month.
I have spent $275 or more on supplies for everything from safe start (haven't used yet) to water dechlorinator (prime and tetra Aqua safe plus) to water test kits you name it, I got it, Tupperware and everything else so that no soap has ever touched anything including my hands which is kind of hard to understand how to do.. I use gloves most of the time .
After cycling for two weeks, my aunt without asking washed the filter with tapwater because she saw something black on it. So I started again from day one. Then two more weeks of cycling and a pet store owner (I know I know I know, never again will I do that) told me to bring the tank in and that he would take care of the tank for free with his special water etc the way he does his tanks and it would cycle the tank very quickly.
He took my tank in his work area and when he came out he told me it was all ready, that the fish could be added. That he cleaned all of the rocks and the plants and the decoration along with everything else and added our ro
water and gave me some more ro
water and told me to take it home and that I should pour water in the filter and fill the tank a little more and everything would be set and to just acclimate the fish. Of course I was furious and had that bad uneasy feeling in my stomach knowing that he was not supposed to wash the rocks and plants. When I got home I started the filter anyway not wanting to lose any bacteria that may be left.
When I called a very freshwater pet store owner who had been recommended all over the net, half way across the country, she told me to go ahead and call this day one. So again starting over with the cycling. And the poor fish is still in the 1 gallon tank.
Help please, what do I do? Do I keep him in the 1 gallon, do I put him in the steralite bin for more room, if so how often water changes? How often do I clean the tank 100%?
She told me to get stability from seechem to kickstart but I really don't know what to do I'm terrified to lose the fish. I'm terrified that he is in pain. Can I test the water that he's in unfiltered with the API test kit? I don't know what to do I'm and I'm about to be
In total panic mode please help !!!!
I'm not looking to have a new hobby at this time per se, I'm just looking to keep this fish alive and get him healthy and happy .
Any advice or help would be so greatly appreciated and thank you in advance!!!