Originally Posted by briemol12
The conditioner that I use for the water it's call prime Attachment 257653
They told me at the store that it's really good and work in high amount of water. I haven't change my water ... They told me to do monthly to change 40% of it and I'll be okay.
Can you tell me the best way to change the water I have a pump that I bought to clean the gravel and everything. My goldfish is those 15 cent fish that they buy to feed the bigger fish and it has survive
... He gets along with the rest of the fish.
Looks like my tetra is back swimming with the group
Here is my suggestion. No more fish for a while until this tank is cycled. Ignore most things your fish store tells you, especially large chain big box stores as they dont usually know anything.
Since you added fish, you are now doing a fish in cycle. You will need to use Prime, which is the best, and do water changes every 24-40 hours. I suggest at least 50% water changes during the cycling process. The Prime will detox the ammonia and nitrites for 24 hours, so they wont harm your fish, but you need to do your part and change the water and redose the prime every day or e/o day at the minimum.
I agree also that you bought the goldfish, so now he is yours and deserves the best care you can provide. Do a water change now, add the prime, and repeat repeat repeat. The cycling can take 4-6 weeks, so get used to doing these water changes. In the end, its worth it.
Adding the safestart will HUGELY benefit you as it will allow you to not do water changes for 2 weeks, but you cant use prime with the safestart as it will kill the safestart bacteria.
If you want to use safestart, then do a water change and use a cheap water chlorine remover. Wait a day or 12 hours, and then add the safestart. Its your best bet now if you dont want to do daily water changes for the next 2 months. I would also get a test kit. If you cant afford one, you can use strips to get a broad range idea of how your tank is doing.
Ask any more questions you have!