Here’s to starting over. I’m still alive. What are some signs of under or over feeding? Growing up to six feet or longer, the coelacanth can live for longer than 60 years and is considered a member of the Osteichthyes (bony fish) taxonomic group that feeds on cephalopods and on other fish. And for only 5 days; 2 fish died(goldfish) one instantly. It’s trying to swim but is unable to and keeps getting down to the bottom. Gravel vacuuming the sand directly will suck it up and into your bucket, because it’s so lightweight, so the chopstick on the end also gives the tube distance from the sand. I tried using a new filter… the AquaClear with the carbon bag, sponge and “bio bag”. So, the more fish you add to your aquarium, the more poop. I am very stressed and sad now. Regular aeration in tank was there. Can I send you a pict of the tank? If that happens then you’d need to react on time and start treatment immediately. Hi, my names Ian. Put the filter, gravel and ornaments in it without rinsing. Two likely probable causes: Either your tank is overstocked or it isn’t cycled. Good. It’s likely you didn’t cycle your tank. Or should I just throw the plants out and get new ones? What is the oldest fish alive? It’s still a normal cycle, just slightly different and you’ll still reach the end! While it is possible that the fish you bought was unhealthy and already destined for fish heaven – it’s much more likely that your fish’s death is because of something you did or didn’t do. He was beautiful and very happy. Out of 19 fish I now have 6. Substrate has bacteria in it, there is bacteria media in the filter. I upgraded to a 10 gallon tank and added a few neon tetras. The ammonia levels are too high as well… around 0.25- 0.50 ppm give or take. i have put in stress coat and water clarifier and i did not change the filter. Although my boyfriend thinks I over feed the fish, i also have two cats and i evidently over feed them too :’) And again, thank you so much for your help. I recommend using an aquarium test kit over test strips, It’s not uncommon for test strips to incorrect results, especially those combo ones that test multiple parameters at once. I’ve noticed for the past month or so he’s been hiding inside of the Squidward or Spongebob house decorations we have. I personally suggest buying an API master test kit (freshwater), this will test all the basic parameters that usually cause problems – it’s what I recommend for beginners and experts alike, in terms of affordability, no other kit comes close. Once again you have the same problem where you have too many fish for the same size tanks. The Alabama sturgeon hasn't been caught in the state's rivers in more than 12 years, but traces of its DNA prove that the fish is still alive. Likely stocking issues and that you didn’t cycle your aquarium. The instructions on the box say change every 3 months and you say they’ll last up to 5 years? A quick tip for using a gravel cleaner here – tape a chopstick to the side of the tube so it protrudes out the end. But those fishes already stressed by high ammonia ( like 8 at the beginning) , they will not survive anyway. I had under 0.25ppm ammonia, but thought it was due to dead fish in the tank. Hi, I have a 10 gallon tank, cycled it for 2 weeks. My tank is heavily planted so it’s hard to see everywhere. i have had that many fish die ever in my large tank unless we talk about the feeders i put in for my jack demsy. I can’t wait to teach you about the hobby! I’m desperate, please help me. I stocked 18 Tilapia fishes in 150 liter water( 40 gallon) . My question is, can I soak the HOB filter, the sponge filter and heater in a bleach solution? I do water changes weekly, though I may be doing more than 20%. It occurred to me as I watched them that they were struggling with the current created by the filter. Tetras got sucked up I to filter while I was at work and came home to two dead tetras. My husband bought a “friend” for Boxy the goldfish, Lulu. Water changes don’t just remove nitrates but also replenish essential minerals. Did you cycle your tank? Nice love it. Their old ones were superior, although their surrounding bag wasn’t the best – before you had to fill it yourself. I’ve only ever had a goldfish and a betta before (not at the same time) and neither of them required a heater or a 10 gallon tank. Do the best you can to find a large plastic storage container, about 10 gals, and add new water, using conditioner. The articles I’m reading here are scaring me. water test seems ok, I don’t want to kill them. Sir tomorrow i bought a 6 fish tank then the seller aad one goldfish from another tank in the morning when I got up I saw that a goldfish is being died then I paased away her from the tank after that at this time i see that two fishes is olready died what can i do sir for them they are dying one by one i don’t have any idea for their survival this is my first experience i am so sad sir pliz help me i want to survive my left four fishes. Believe it or not, you might not be able to add fish to your new aquarium for a few weeks. Because no two fish are alike, read up on the preferences of your fish before introduction to your tank. Poor little Rihanna :”'(, Thank you for this wonderful helpful guide to help all Aquarium hobbyist out, we truly appreciate it Lan.♥. You would probably think back to what you did that day. It will “survive” – just because a fish is alive doesn’t mean it is happy. Within 3 months my fishes started dying. Any advice is appreciated. Then add the fish without the shells? Just one problem – this bacteria does not exist in a new aquarium. Same goes for stripping back the tank. Hi. This is basically how neurons create movement within a tissue. Today the ammonia is down from 0.50 to 0.25, so that’s encouraging. any suggestions? Hi Ian, sorry for the late reply, we are away. Though it seems odd, the truth is that fish can get stressed in much the same way as humans do. My question is “DOES THE PROBLEM IS WITH WATER OR GOLDFISH GASPING THE AIR IS COMMON? So today, I am going to unravel the mystery of why your pet fish died! When we started the tank we used a gravel that had quick start “pre cycled” It was called! Yep, no matter how well you care for your fish… There is no escaping old age. By removing 10-20% of the gunked up water in your tank each week and replacing it with fresh water, you’ll keep your fish happy and healthy. I don’t seem to have any bubbles or Sulphur smell. The second unknown. It certainly is excessive filtration. I love all your tips will be greate for the new Betta fish I’m getting. I started losing several guppies almost daily. Actinopterygians have fins which are supported by characteristic spines. I would be worried if someone was only getting 3 months out of their ceramic rings. So I am not sure what you bought, but no doubt it isn’t compatible with goldfish. All your problems stem from a 1 gallon tank being way too small for your goldfish. Regardless, I wish you the best of luck in your experiment. Specially when the water b comes murky. 2 fishes died during grow out time, All other 16 fishes survived well. Besides being extremely disgusting, this is extremely interesting. A Must-Read: Fishing Gifts For Men So, after night one I acclamated the 4 fish left and hoped for the best as I transfered them in. Is it possible to block the flow of nitrifying bacteria by the fine polishing pad in FX4? Ok sir, i will provide new home for them soon. The video shows a woman preparing a fish to be cooked, when out of the blue the fish starts twitching (even after being beheaded and de-gutted). Dear sir I am from Rajiv Gandhi University, Arunachal Pradesh, India and I am working on some of the hill stream fish in captivity, so as I am new to it the fish are acclimatize ,and maintained but as the winter season came the fish started dieing and my observation on special fish Botia rostrata found to be dying out due to diseases so how to maintain them. People will you please study up on everything before you purchase anything having to do with living breathing creatures? Around this time the last ember died. If this solves the problem, then something you removed from your tank could be the cause of the deaths. The smaller one fails and it is not eatting.. However, I tried letting it go for two weeks to see if that would help with the cloudy water. How many days before I can consider my guppies safe from the sudden drop in temperature? The staff at our local pet store have been incredibly helpful, but they don’t know everything either. Those test strips are worthless. hi so i got a fish from my teacher (a goldfish) my sister got jealous so she and my dad got fish. I put some tetra lifeguard in there this morning – thinking he might be having a problem with a bacteria or fungus of some sort. I couldn’t find any of the bodies but I have had guppy bodies I previously had not recovered so didn’t search too hard for them. if i do so, the little goldfish feel happy? Posted on December 21, 2020 December 21, 2020 by Ben Fish in Blog Posts. Earlier this week I started to break it down (it’s more fun putting them up than breaking them down) and saw a small fish swimming in the filter area which is separated from the main tank! I have 3 flag tail guppies i need help, http://www.aquaticquotient.com/forum/showthread.php/34333-Bugs-you-might-encounter-in-your-aquarium. Is this the reason for getting delayed for developing bacterial colony in my biofilter? first she had only a male and female baby beta, some tetras as well. No fish can live in a 1 gal tank, no time. But perhaps the most important maintenance is performing a water change. Couldn’t find anything, went to my local good aquarium store, they said ‘check your filter, even if you don’t think it’s possible’. George “sad fish keeper”. My water hardness seems to be a bit high, and my boyfriend has bought a water hardness reducer thing ( not sure what it is, it looks like a fabric bag with yellow stones in it). Your tank should be set up to suit the fish that you keep. Your email address will not be published. He is sometimes associated with a green earring that was given to him by Dino … hello, i have a on going problem. Also added bacteria. so what I did Monday I just can pick the change to water and I don’t understand why one just died and not the other I am a bad fish keeper. If you or your readers have any favorite resources to share i would be so grateful. I’d be very curious to know the life expectancy of a goldfish grown in such an environment as your customer. I, in my infinite kindness, began to show mercy to the fish by stabbing them in their brains. If the smaller one tries to catchup the food, then the bigger-one moves faster and bombards with the smaller one. Thanks for your reply! It’s also possible that this stress was left over from when he was added to his first bowl, sometimes it’s a slow process. The reason I suggested speaking with local fish keepers is that they will use the same water source and products as you, which can further narrow down problems. Looking for some advice, as I’ve had 3 mollies die in recent weeks, 2 of which are a bit of a mystery, and the third died of dropsy. However, if your fish has had a previous owner, then it is plausible that your fish passing may simply be due to leading a full life. On your pre-cycled gravel, was it purchased in a bag dry? Another extremely common form of death is overfeeding. I fed them once a day, i use prime as a declorinator. Now only one fish still alive in the tank and he’s not looking to good. Do I have too many snails? Too many fish in your aquarium? clean water is the first step, so grab an aquarium test kit and confirm your ammonia, nitrite and nitrate. So I went and bought a Molly to take care of the guppy fry (still not here yet by the way). You’ll need an aquarium test kit to determine what has gone wrong. Well, figures that I might as well post a status update here at the very least. I started my tank (120l/30gal) at the end of January and began a fishless cycle using ammonia. I understand no Planaria nor panacur will eradicate them, but will harm the good snails. Tank is 3 months old. At this point, you might start screaming…. I request you to continue your guidance. Any advice would be appreciated. so tonight i bought 3 goldfish to use as test subjects but this was a very short test because they were all dead 3 hours later. Failing to provide an appropriate environment for your fish can lead to it dying well before its time. Well this is actually very interesting. I’d read up on these two issues, as you are going to lose a lot more fish if you don’t understand these processes. Means that bacteria started working. To keep things simple, I refer to “biomedia” in general as ceramic rings. Is this what is killing her fish? Help! It’s unavoidable and sadly many beginners lose fish in this process. The algae likely isn’t connected. I would suggest reading up on how many gold fish you can keep in a tank. My kids are devastated about not keeping fish alive. If you replaced the filter, you likely crashed the cycle in your tank. So far this a R&D project. Really any advice for a beginner who went from 5 living fish to 1 in two weeks would help- signs, errors I may have made, should I invest in a companion for the solo goldfish left, etc. I was on Facebook the other day when I saw a link to a YouTube video that immediately caught my attention. If waste continues to build up and you do nothing about it, your fish are at risk of dying. The ocean is said to be one of Earth’s life support, and it contains 97% of the world’s water source. For a fish-in cycle, check out this guide. We’ve had our tank for a year now, been through so many fish bc they all die within a matter of months, specifically the angel fish. Are the fish that dye showing signs of disease? Well, it only has so much oxygen in it. I have a 25ltr tank and my new filter can go in a tank up to 300ltr is this to big for my goldfish. I am using a fine polishing pad in my FX4. Just because your fish is small now doesn’t mean it will stay that way forever. IT is moderately planted. Next, you want to make sure you read the tests in natural daylight, indoor lighting can cause the colors to be off and give an incorrect result. I am now left with one guppy baby ( the other one died between the time I wrote this and your response) , one pregnant guppy (which is hovering around the heating element), one other guppy and the Molly. These are the types of questions that are best asked on forums like fishlore or plantedtank.net – where someone else might recognize the symptoms as having happened to them and weigh in with a solution. Changed the water started over again haven’t had any luck all my goldfish keep dying within 2 weeks, got water tested at petco, Water is perfect but they keep dying i’ve killed over 20 fish, HELP! But my smaller golden fish as-usual being alone in a side of tank. That’s awesome to hear that you are looking to improve your fish keeping skills, it’s a tricky hobby, especially when many big box chain pet stores don’t train their staff correctly. When it switches from “Ahhhh panic, cycle!” to “I can sit back and enjoy my fish” it will be worth it. I don’t want to buy new ones until I know they won’t die. I use this one. Hang in there though, it will get easier. It only eats two or three pieces of small-mustard sized fish food. When you say full clean, does this include the filter media? But his fins were a little torn from rubbing against the gravel so much. For how to best move forward, I recommend reading this fish-in cycle guide. I don’t know what else to check for. I said “live for 10” not “to 10”. Grab a test kit to make sure. Help please, I just got a 20 gal tank tetra tank with a filter and water temperature. You should have one on hand anyway, so that you can regularly check your water to make sure nothing has gone wrong. First, What are you using to test your aquarium? You see, fish are not the only things that live in your aquarium. I started dosing with maracyn but they kept dying. Content found on fishlab.com is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for professional veterinarian advice. 2.5 gl tank, small filtration on side of tank. If you add fish immediately to an uncycled tank, without the proper precautions, there is a very high possibility they will die. Yet this fish keep dying. Imagine that you come home, only to discover that every fish in your tank is dead. So I treated. The next day the water got quite cloudy, so I figured I’d pushed things too quickly and the cycling hadn’t occurred, so I waited til the water cleared (it’s Crystal now) and tested the water before buying new fish. And nobody ever says anything about changing only half at a time! If you go with the “ceramic” style, you’ll know when it’s time to replace them as they will go soft and crumbly. Admittedly, I should have waited longer for the tank to cycle and fishies 1&2 died. I personally use Sera Siporax, which is sintered glass. I mean, your fish were fine yesterday, so the cause of death must have happened today, right? I also bought the test tube water testing kit as the strips aren’t as accurate, per another one of your awesome blog posts. They can be an incredible source of help and is why I recommend finding yourself a good one. The 20G has the same water parameters, same filter, substrate. A h202 and hotwater solution is totally fine. These are the same readings I get every fortnight when I test the water. I have made a lot of mistakes in my journey of owning fish, but am determined to get it right! I lost 15 guppies. Actually, it sounds like a scene straight out of a horror story! I bought this from Universal Rocks in Texas. Recently we got her new fish, 3 painted glass fish. See point 1 in the article. I’m having rotator cuff surgery on my dominant shoulder next week. However, the test tubes showed a very different story. tank with Fluval FX4. Is there a different brand that is more accurate? Still Alive Lyrics: Running from the future / Running from the past / Running from the mirror / How long can you last? A measurable nitrite suggests your tank isn’t cycled. – Diet and Exercise, Not Sure If A New House Is Right For You? Also, why do you say this process is hard on the fish? I’d add some fish food to your tank and wait a few days. The air gasping was likely due to low oxygen levels paired with burned gills from high ammonia. You see, a healthy, stress-free fish has a strong immune system – their skin, scales and slime coat are more than capable of fending off any disease or parasite. Generally speaking, the larger the tank (and filter), the more good bacteria there will be to break down waste. 20G 2 gouramis, 2 guppies – pH 7.4, ammonia.50 ppm, nitrite 0 ppm, nitrate 5.0 so what’s the best thing to do at this point? (3) Food Thieves: According to the scientist, the Barreleye fish steals its food from the small creatures like siphonophores. Very likely point 1 in the above article. The water tested fine again. Some fish that are commonly owned by beginners are downright aggressive – fish such as cichlids, Chinese algae eaters, blue gourami and male betta can be territorial, fight over food and even attack or bully other fish. Hi so I have a 10 gallon tank with one goldfish. Surprisingly, this crazy phenomenon doesn’t just happen to fish. To a beginner, it could look like your fish died for no reason whatsoever. I’m terribly sorry this happened to you. He has blonde hair, green eyes, pale skin and is extremely beautiful in appearance, as remarked on by numerous characters in the series. A test kit will confirm this. I performed a full water test yesterday, both ammonia and nitrite are zero, and the nitrate is around 20ppm, KH and GH of around 200ppm, with a ph of around 8.2. Anyway, thanks for replying, I will do another water check in a few days (going away for a few days, so my daughter is in charge). 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