I knew nothing about the nitrogen cycle and added my fish to soon. I have a 10 gal tank and the pet store set me up with the following...2 molly, 3 serpae tetra, 3 neon tetra and 1 beta. I now have 2 serpae tetra, 1 beta and a platy that I just got recently. My fish keep dying and I now have tiny white specks floating around everywhere. My water looks clear until you look really close and then can see the specks. The only thing that appears to be off is the nitrite level and my water is a bit too hard. What to do and how to get rid of the white specks?
Water changes, probably daily, will help with the nitrite and hopefully help your fish survive. I would say changes of around 30%50 percent, depending on how high the nitrites are. Don't add any fish until you are through the cycle. Can you list your ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate?
Arre you sure the whihte specks aren't bubbles? They sometimes show up for a bit on new tanks.
No I can't list them...I am using the dip stick...if I am reading it right the nitrite is the only thing out of wack. It's been going for 3 weeks now. Hoping it will be cycled soon. I have been doing 20% change about every 3 days and adding 1tsp stress zyme, 1tsp stress coat. I added a 1tbsp of aquarium salt a few days ago for the water hardness but have not added any more...don't know if I should. Thanks for answering. I absolutely HATE that my fish are dying! Wish I had known earlier about the nitrogen cycle...
They could be...I uced my wand and cleaned them off the sides of the tank today. They came off easily but seemed to keep floating around...
Dip sticks aren't very accurate or easy to read, so when you run out, get the liquid tests next time. API Master Freswater is a good one, you can get it from Walmart online for around $18. Much more accuarate, and cheaper in the long run.
I would do the water changes more frequently while it's still cycling.
Lost my little platy last night. Tested before I did water change and vacum. Nitrate 0, nitrite between .5 and1.0, hardness 150, alkalinity between 120 and 180, ph about 7.8. I did about 25% water change again and added more salt and stress zyme as well as the stress coat. I think I will leave my filters out for a couple of hours as a gentleman at work said it was probably taking out all the good bacteria that the stress zyme was trying to help grow. Does this sound right?
Why anyone didnt talk about that the tank is too small for lots of fish?
Sorry to hear you lost your platy
The good bacteria mainly develops in the filter and the gravel So dont remove the filter
That was my mistake when I purchased a new aquraium I let my old filter dry out and used a new one By the time I found out about the Nitrogen Cycle all the good bacteria in my old filter had died Could saved myself a lot of trouble had I used the old filter with the new filter for a month to help good bacteria transfer
Did you rinse your substrate before putting it in?
The white could be dust from the gravel if not
This dust will take a while to settle down
I know now...couldn't believe the pet store sold me so many at the same time and knew it was only a 10gal!
Only thing you can do now is rapid water change.
10-20% PWC daily.
You started out just like most of us did, so welcome to the club. In addition to understanding the nitrogen cycle, you need to consider the environmental requirements of the fish species you intend to keep, plus their adult sizes and behaviors along with any compatibility issues. In a ten gallon aquarium, it's a good idea to limit the number of fish, and in any aquarium you should limit the number of species.
What kind of fish would you suggest and how many? I have a 2 year old that loves his beta so I want something colorful...nothing that would nip at each other...
PLatys, guppies, and swordtails are all cool, but they breed a lot, so keep it in mind.. Or just a betta with some snails and shrimp. Maybe a dwarf gourami and some cherry barbs. Or a school of around 6-8 neon tetras. Cory cats are also nice.
Just be sure you do research before you buy. And no mixing tropicals with coldwater (goldfish). Actually, no goldfish at all in a ten gallon. And cycle first.
Red Wag Platies are very colorful as well as peaceful. Most Guppies are too, but the fancy ones can be expensive.
Really appreciate all the help! You guys are great!
I forgot to say that it is not necessary to use salt in a freshwater aquarium. In addition, because salt does not evaporate and water does, salt concentration can easily increase to unacceptable levels. The main focus should be on water quality and not medication. If the fish have a healthy environment, they're usually healthy.
Please keep us posted.
Sounds like hydra; not good please do some research on these creatures as they are the culprit to your dying fish ! Good luck !