Hi! I'm new here because I want to get into the fish keeping hobby.
I started out with a Crayfish that I caught in Oklahoma at Turner Falls. My boyfriend and I bought two minnows for him to eat but Yoshi didn't eat them soooo I had two unexpected pet minnows. Their names were Finley and Gimpy.
About 5 or 6 months later, Yoshi died. I suspect that I stressed him out too much before he molted (because I thought he was drowning 😥
and he wasn't able to molt and so he grew too large for his exoskeleton and kicked the bucket. :/ RIP Yoshi 😢.
But before that happened, I upgraded to a 10 gallon and on the same day I bought two other fish. I bought a Black Molly and a Dalmatian Molly. (Atlas (male) and Paradox (female) ). Yoshi didn't try and eat the minnows but he did however, chase around the two mollies quite a bit.
Paradox began to bully Atlas and it took them awhile to finally start getting along. They would fight all the time but after a couple months they wouldn't stop following each other around.
I read somewhere online that it's best to have two female mollies so then I bought a gold molly right after Yoshi died to compensate. So this is where things get a little messy.
1. I didn't cycle my tank :/ but I didn't think I had to because I'm pretty sure I used the water from my old 3 gallon and filled up the rest of the 10 gallon with chlorinated tap.
2. My 2 year old nephews spilled an entire container of fish food in the tank and my brother (their dad) cleaned the tank out because I was gone! i actually told him to clean out as much food as he could and put the old tank water back in there because when I had it tested the levels were fine, except my hardness was a little high but not dangerously so.
3. When Yoshi died, he left an exoskeleton behind and I didn't take it out of the tank, thinking it would be good for the water with how much calcium is in the shell.
But boy was I wrong.
I didn't check my levels before I decided to buy Athena (the gold lyre tail molly). I did notice however, that Atlas (the black Molly) was losing color in his tail but all in all they ate their food and seemed relatively happy...
After I bought Athena I noticed some white spots on her tail and thought it was itch so I bought medication for it. then the biggest minnow died and he was completely bloodshot as if he was poisoned and he probably was.
At this point my pH is at 8 and every thing is completely out of whack....
But I continued to do water changes and medicate the tank. Athena wasn't getting better so I stopped medicating the tank and the l"itch" didn't even spread...
I got really discouraged... I'm going to admit that apart from feeding them and getting algae off the glass, I didn't do much in the way of water changes even though I knew I should have been doing them every day until my levels were better. *sigh* so paradox died. I'm going to add a picture of what she looks like.
Also, Athena has fin rot, a curved spine and a bulge in her abdomen....
Atlas is continuing to lose color in his tail...
I feel like such a terrible Aqua mom and I need help... What do I do?
As of right now, I have a 10 gallon tank with a minnow and two really sick mollies. There's a heater, thermometer, filter and bubble wall. I'm doing a full water change tonight and am going to try my hardest to fish-in cycle. I put in chlorinator and aquarium salt and wash out the carbon filter and leave it out for a couple of hours. I had a live plant but it was dying so I took it out and now it's sitting on my window sill. I have gravel for substrate and fake plants.
I've done so much research it's crazy and I really want to save these little guys
Any advice would be much appreciated. And here is a picture of my now deceased Paradox.
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