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    Hi everyone,
    I am a newbie with aquarium. I have a 29gal tank. After followed the Petco guy's advice, I added gravel to the tank, filled water and let the Aquaclear 50 filter ran for 1 week. After that, I bought some live plants, 2 plecos, 5 guppies, 5 platies, 4 mollies and 2 scrimps (my stupid decision :( ) for the tank.
    After 4 days, 4 guppies and 1 plecos are gone. The other fishes are ok until now (2 weeks from the day I add the fishes).
    I did Ammonia test in the 3rd day after I added fishes. It is 1.5ppm. Then on the 5th day, I rised to 2ppm. I changed 30% water. Then I add API Ammo-Lock for every other days in 1 week.
    The Ammonia didn't go down. Then I buy the Ammonia Remover to add in to the filter. Nothing changes until now. Ammonia: 3.5ppm, Nitrite 0ppm. And my tank is cloudy a little bit.
    I also add API Stress Zyme every week. And do vacuum for the gravel any other days.
    My question is:
    1. What should I do now to make everything right?
    2. Do I need to adjust the filter flow rate to minimum or maximum?
    3. Do I need to use a UV Sterilizer?
    4. Do I need to add any other treatment?

    Thank you.

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    First thing you need to do is a very large water change. The ammonia needs to be brought down to .25ppm. You need to change nearly all the water in the tank to accomplish that. Then you need to read this http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492 and learn how to cycle the tank with fish. Last, stop using all those additives. All you need is clean water and a good dechlorinator.
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    Mommy has you on the right track. I just wanted to add, what are you using to test your water? Test strips? Or a liquid tester like API testmaster? If you are using the strips I strongly suggest switching the the liquid form. You will get 100X better results to help you through your fish in cycle.
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    Yes, mommy1 is spot on - your biggest issue is getting your water ammonia free so it is not poisoning your fish anymore.

    You need to stop vacuuming your gravel, and do not clean your filter.
    You do not need any additives except dechlrinator.
    Your filter can be set at whatever you like, so long the flow is not causing your fish discomfort the rate of flow doesn't really matter all that much. It is more important that it be the right size - we recommend double the filter size than the tank volume. If you bought a tank kit, likely your filter is just barely enough to support a lightly stocked tank. What kind of filter is it?
    You do not need a UV sterilzer, there is nothing it can do that would save your fish from ammonia poisoning. UV Sterilizers have other uses.

    And to AC! If you follow this advice quickly, you shouldn't lose anymore fish, and start enjoying them instead!
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