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The Fish Tank of Death

January 17th, 2012 | Posted by Katy in fail | fish | Gabi | weiners

Yep, as indicated by the title of this post, the fish tank has taken a turn for the worse.  It is rapidly becoming a death camp for freshwater tropical fish.

 

Looks so pretty and innocent huh?  We have added a few more plants too, so it looks even nicer.  Unfortunately, as we all know, looks can be deceiving.

 

We have lost some more fish, and the ones still remaining are highly stressed out and getting the ‘ick’ which is some kind of bacterial infection from stress.  Yesterday, after spending most of the weekend in bed or trying not to throw up, I got to run to Petsmart at 5pm to return the latest victims before our two week time limit was up.  I actually didn’t mind, because I was blissfully child free.  This week’s victims of the Zoo’s Camp ‘o Death was an angel fish that we found plastered to the filter, and our algae eater, who we thought was doing great & getting bigger.  He was entangled in a plant and looked like he had been dead for a week, even though Pilot saw him alive yesterday.  I also returned the second dead Rosebaro.  As I pull into the parking lot, I get a call from Pilot with strict instructions NOT to get new fish, but instead a new heater since someone ours had shattered when he put it back in the tank after cleaning it.

 

So yep, not only is something (most likely the nitrate from the fish waste-Pilot keeps talking about ‘cycling’ and ‘good bacteria’ while I picture money being flushed down the toilet) killing our fish, but now, despite his best efforts at cleaning, there are most likely shards of glass in the tank.  Not good for my pretty little catfish that cost $17.

 

I didn’t inform the fish lady about our horrible fish parenting skills with the heater and instead asked her advice on the possible ick and nitrate.  We have since turned the heat up to eighty degrees (with the new $$ bloody heater) and added the recommend amount of aquarium salt.  We will see how this goes.  Right now we are pretty sure the remaining angelfish will be the next to go.  We are hoping since the catfish and shark are bottom dwelling fish that live in crappy water, they will survive this little bump in the road.

 

Now if we can just get this thing to stop stressing them out….

let me at them!

 

Seriously Gabbers, you are NEVER going to catch the damn fish.  I know you think since you nearly got the catfish as I was adding her to the tank you have a chance, but she was in a bowl on the floor, not in the tank yet.  You are stressing them out and driving me nuts by trying to jump the tank.  Just chillax already!

 

Have you ever had bad luck with pets or are we just that special?

 

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  • Starting a new tank, especially with how big yours is, is tricky business. We have a 55 gallon and it takes work. Ideally the tank is supposed to be filled with water and set up, with all the water conditioners and boosters you need then let sit for 2-4 weeks empty. Yep empty, pretty silly you would think, but when you put that much tap water into a tank there is a lot of silly little things that can harm and kill your poor little fish. A few suggestions for you, first, yes dont add any more fish, not yet. Second, get a second filter unit to put behind the other light. We have 2 filter systems in our tank and it helps a TON. 3 Buy the package of water testing strips at the pet store, there are other things besides nitrate/nitrites that can harm your fish and you wont know the answer without the test. It could be the PH, you might need a PH increaser/decreaser. In the end, Dont give up, and once you have your tank water balanced out, only add a couple of fish at a time. Adding too many fish at once screws up the filters and they struggle with the newly introduced bacteria from the fish. It will all work out in the end, its all about the water. Once your tank is established ( 1-2 months) make sure its getting a good cleaning every month with about 1/4 of the water being changed out with the cleaning. The filters cannot do it all. Then add all the conditioners and salt,(weird for fresh water I know but it really does amazing things) etc needed at each cleaning. You will LOVE your tank in 6 months when its clean healthy and full of beautiful fish :)

    OH yeah and just as a percaution, Angelfish are pretty and everything but they will chase and stress out the other fish, which probably assisted in your dead fish problem. They will even stress another angel fish to death. They are beautiful devil fish. :) I suggest no Angel fish for a happy tank. :)

  • Starting a new tank, especially with how big yours is, is tricky business. We have a 55 gallon and it takes work. Ideally the tank is supposed to be filled with water and set up, with all the water conditioners and boosters you need then let sit for 2-4 weeks empty. Yep empty, pretty silly you would think, but when you put that much tap water into a tank there is a lot of silly little things that can harm and kill your poor little fish. A few suggestions for you, first, yes dont add any more fish, not yet. Second, get a second filter unit to put behind the other light. We have 2 filter systems in our tank and it helps a TON. 3 Buy the package of water testing strips at the pet store, there are other things besides nitrate/nitrites that can harm your fish and you wont know the answer without the test. It could be the PH, you might need a PH increaser/decreaser. In the end, Dont give up, and once you have your tank water balanced out, only add a couple of fish at a time. Adding too many fish at once screws up the filters and they struggle with the newly introduced bacteria from the fish. It will all work out in the end, its all about the water. Once your tank is established ( 1-2 months) make sure its getting a good cleaning every month with about 1/4 of the water being changed out with the cleaning. The filters cannot do it all. Then add all the conditioners and salt,(weird for fresh water I know but it really does amazing things) etc needed at each cleaning. You will LOVE your tank in 6 months when its clean healthy and full of beautiful fish :)

    OH yeah and just as a percaution, Angelfish are pretty and everything but they will chase and stress out the other fish, which probably assisted in your dead fish problem. They will even stress another angel fish to death. They are beautiful devil fish. :) I suggest no Angel fish for a happy tank. :)

  • JB says:

    Take a sample of the water to Petsmart & have them test it. We had start up issues, too.



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