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  1. #1

    Question Is it me or the fish?


    0 Not allowed!
    The last time I had any fish I was in elementary school, I am in college now, and I had my tank all set up filled with spring water let it set for a couple a days to cycle and get up to the proper temperature that I needed, around seventy five degrees. Everything seemed fine so over the weekend, Saturday to be specific, I went to my local petsmart and bought my fish. I bought two albino cory catfish, a mystery snail, a male crowntail betta and seven guppies. The guy at the store said they were all compatible. When I got home I set the bags in the water one at a time for thirty minutes to an hour before putting the fish into the tank itself. As the weekend progressed my guppies started to die. I thought I had gotten bad fish but then I started to notice that their fins were chewed up so I watched and saw my betta messing with them. Yesterday, I lost all my guppies, and the betta was swimming around along with the catfish, seeming all proud of himself. Though I did notice some loose scales I think and his fins were a tiny bit chewed up. This morning I woke up and he was dead. Now the only thing I have alive are my two albino cory catsfish and the snail.

    So my question is did my fish die because I put the wrong fish together and they killed each other or could there possibly be something wrong with my water that I need to fix? thank you all for your time.

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    1 Not allowed!
    Guppies and bettas don't belong together, but the main reason they died is because the tank is not cycled...look in the beginner section for tips on cycling

    The 10G journal in my sig below has some good points on why a tank needs to be cycled before adding fish, also
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    Welcome to the AC. I hope that you might read the sticky posts that were reference above, regarding cycling.

    I'm sorry for your losses and sorry too that you fell victim to the 'advice' given by the box-store employee who is likely told what to say by higher-ups that care only about sales. You were given bad advice, as you are now no doubt very aware.

    I hope you might ask questions here and follow advice from members who only hope to help you help your remaining fish.

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    2 Not allowed!
    The link that pertains to your situation as it currently stands:
    Cycling with Fish
    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...153#post435153

    and if you should decide to return your remaining fish in order to start over or something, here is a link to the guide to
    Fishless Cycling:
    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...7304#post57304
    Last edited by RiversGirl; 12-07-2015 at 10:05 PM.

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