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poorly fishies-please help
« on: August 18, 2010, 01:55:25 PM »

 :(one of our fish died so i changed the water i used aqua safe and let the water settle for about an hour before putting them back into the tank
 since then the fish are'nt swimming, they are just lying at the bottom and another has died, is there anything i can do for the fish so they don't die? please help me, i'm really worried...i love my fishies!
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Re: poorly fishies-please help
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2010, 02:20:19 PM »

I do believe that you may have a problem with ammonia in your tank. Ever heard of cycling?
See, it's crucial that your tank cycles in peace (better without fish) so that the beneficial bacteria can settle to deal with the waste your fish produce Smiley I'm talking about the nitrogen cycle, and this is where ammonia is turned into nitrite and nitrite is turned into nitrate.
If you want to save your fish, you need to buy yourself a test kit for these parameters asap! They're usually quite affordable since they last for a long time! Buy liquid tests, as test strips usually aren't accurate. So, buy yourself a good test kit with tests for pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate.

Now, when you've got the test you need to test for ammonia (and the rest). If this is high you'll have to do water changes everytime you notice it going up! Test every day, and change about 20% every time it reaches dangerous levels.
After a week or two you should notice nitrite showing on your scale, this is when the first bacteria have established! It also means that it's safer for your fish Smiley But you should still test every day and change 20% as soon as the levels are too high.
When the nitrite is going away you should notice nitrates, and from now on, as long as your tank is properly stocked, you can change water weekly Smiley Test for nitrate and pH once a week and change water accordingly. The higher nitrate, the bigger water change! Change at least half of the water at a time or more.

Finally, I would like you to answer a few questions.
- How big is your tank?
- For how long have you had it?
- How many fish?
- What kinds of fish?
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Re: poorly fishies-please help
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2010, 05:34:02 AM »

Did you totally clean out the tank? Or do you know about cycling like Nossie asked? It's a very important thing to know about but don't feel bad or silly if you don't because unfortunately pet shops never seem to bother saying this to people. I recently just brought a new tank and not one question was asked and no piece of advice was given. This would never happen if you brought a dog or cat.
Go get your water tested if you can't afford a test kit, it should give you an idea of where you should go for now. I would no small water changes (10-20%) every 2 or 3 days until the ammonia settles down. Feed as little as possible, just a tiny pinch per day and skip some days. This will stop excess waste being created which will cause the ammonia levels to rise even more.
Go research the nitrogen cycle, it can be a difficult thing to understand.
Hope everything goes well. Let us know Smiley
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Re: poorly fishies-please help
« Reply #3 on: August 21, 2010, 03:06:37 PM »

Im new to the fishy bussiness but I already LOVE them! I have 2 called Tiki and Pearl.

Do your fish have any colour spots on him/her?
If he does, it could be bacteria. You should ask the pet shop people and bring them a sample of your water and food. I really hope this helps!

P.S Im afraid im not certain about this advice as I got my goldfish only today and Im only 9 myself.
But, i suppose it is sensible advice.
Good luck!

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