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  1. Default Beginner Problems

    0 Not allowed!
    20 Gallon Tank
    2- Whisper 2 HOB Filters

    Set Tank Up with Filters Running for One Week.
    Added Salt to Water (I now know this was mistake Number One)
    Bought 4 Guppies, 2 Black Mollies, 2 Danios (Glo-Fish. I will never buy again after reading here of the Cruelty to Fish)
    I only have a PH Test Kit (But a Master Test Kit is On It's Way)
    The PH was 7-4 to 7-6
    Temperature: 78-80 Degrees
    Everything good 2nd week.
    Third week, Both Danios and One Guppy Died.
    This morning I Syphoned One Third of the Water Out from Bottom Close to Gravel.
    Added Approximately 6 Gallons of Aged Water.
    Still worried.
    I know you can't tell me much until I give a full reading of the quality of the water.
    But any help would be greatly appreciated.
    I had fish many years ago. Gold Severums.
    But I am trying to keep a small friendly community tank.
    Thanks in advance!

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    0 Not allowed!
    I'm assuming you've cycled your tank?

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    3 Not allowed!
    "Aged" water won't work, you need a good water conditioner...lots of us here use Seachem's Prime, but there are others that work

    This tank is not cycled, you need to either rehome or return the fish, and do a fishless cycle.

    If you cannot remove the fish, you will need to do the cycling with fish method, which is a bit more difficult, and stressful to the fish.

    Both methods are provided in the Beginner's Forum, under "Cycling"
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    I did exactly what I just Posted. When you say "Cycled", I'm not sure what that is. Sorry, I just don't know.
    75 Gallon Freshwater
    (Angel Fish, Gold Severum, Black Neons, Cory Cats, Cherry Barbs)
    29 Gallon Freshwater
    (Gold Severum, Corys)

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    0 Not allowed!
    Thank you.
    75 Gallon Freshwater
    (Angel Fish, Gold Severum, Black Neons, Cory Cats, Cherry Barbs)
    29 Gallon Freshwater
    (Gold Severum, Corys)

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    3 Not allowed!
    "Cycling" a aquarium simply refers to growing the required bacteria that will consume all the fish wast and keep the water safe for your fish

    Below in my sig you will find links to two threads here, one explains how to cycle a aquarium with fish, and the other explains how to cycle a aquarium without fish.
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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    2 Not allowed!
    Read up on the nitrogen cycle. Your tank needs to go thru the nitrogen cycle. You can do this without fish (the preferred method, called "fishless cycling") or with fish (cycling with fish).

    As Slap stated, if you can return or rehome the fish and do a fishless cycle, that is best. Here is the link for the Cycling thread -

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    3 Not allowed!
    "cycling" a tank is the process of accumulating beneficial bacteria. When you buy tanks and equipment from the store, they are basically sterile. Fish produce ammonia as a main waste product, which is toxic at very low concentrations. in mature tanks, colonies of bacteria convert ammonia to nitrite and then nitrate, which is much less toxic. This allows us to keep fish in confined bodies of water in the first place.
    Unfortunately not many people have heard of the cycle before they start fishkeeping, and not cycling a tank or cycling improperly (mostly due to bad advice from pet stores) is the #1 mistake of beginners. running a tank for 1 week without anything does not constitute a cycle, nor does adding some "bacteria in a bottle" product" (both methods are erroneously recommended by stores). proper cycling taakes many weeks and dedicated water testing (if you don't have a liquid test kit for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, please get one as soon as possible).

    since you now have fish, you must try a fish-in cycle, as described in one of the pinned threads in the beginner's section.

    Good luck!

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    1 Not allowed!
    Thank you for providing some very clear and detailed information! Plus 1 to you! I would say your tank has not finished it's cycle. Just hasn't been enough time. You are going to want to do quite a few water changes a week to keep the ammonia down for the rest of your fish. But it's no safe bet they will survive, hardy though they are. You could return the fish and get ammonia from Ace hardware and finish the cycle via the fishless cycle if you wanted. There is a sticky in the beginner section for that. Also, if you get some water conditioner (we recommend Prime brand), you do not have to use aged water. Just add the right amount of prime and your water is ready to go on the spot.
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    Geeze leave a tab open for five minutes before posting and my post becomes redundant. LOL
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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