Water Clearer would help but after we stopped using it, the foggy water would come back. I have noticed a lot of people buy neons as a first fish…I have found that neons need a well cycled tank of 6 months or more..they also get really stressed when you buy them..I no longer look on them as first fish..I have found black neons a better fish even if they are larger and not so colourful.. Hi. I feed the plant with root tabs every 4 months. I can’t really get a bigger tank right now. There’s is an algea bloom that showed up yesterday that I don’t know what to do about either. I suggest following my step by step guide on how to cycle a tank properly, it will give you the best foundations for keeping fish alive. Hi there, hoping you can help me! 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. Thanks for your help. I have recently had a dying spell of my tropical fish. Also are you checking your test kit results in natural daylight? Add bacteria in a bottle to both tanks? i bought 2 fishes one male and female ..they were two active after 2 days female fish body seems little black shade and frm stomach somethjng was coming ….four days got over that fish died…why so..am really sad.. my fish died and i cryed for the next 2 days he did the day after i put in new rocks “marbles” i cleaned them off and put them in first was the molly then 2 hours was the betta dose anyone know why he died? Yet this fish keep dying. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough info here to pinpoint anything that could cause the death of your fish. However, the test tubes showed a very different story. Just out of nowhere BOOM dead fish and cloudy water. Don’t beat yourself up too much, you had the best of intentions and have learned from your mistakes. Goldfish cannot be kept in 1 gallon bowls, you will have the same problems that you had that we discussed before. This is perhaps the most frustrating thing about fish keeping, even though we do everything right, it might just be the fishes time to go. I added one guppy that gave birth to two babies and got pregnant again by the male guppies. Completely cleaned out tank, used spring water, ensured Ph levels were good after adding an ammonia detoxifier conditioner for a week. why do my fish keep dying? And remember, fish grow. I would suggest reading up on how many gold fish you can keep in a tank. Your issue was point 1 and point 3 from the above guide. However, you have caught this while your ammonia is low, so there is a good chance your fish will make it out the other end! I have a 10 gallon tank, added fish slowly after making sure the temp was adequate, and Ph levels were OK. Added fish slowly, but all eventually died!! That alone will cause suffocation. Choose a large water tank because small amounts of water will cool rapidly. Not looking good for the future of my tank! Are there any fish that might eat them that get along well with guppies, or is there a medication that will clean up my tank? 5 ppm of nitrate wouldn’t be expected yet. I added the new filter a month ago (Feb. 2). It is for this reason that you should perform a weekly water change. Moreover, there is another good reason to select the tank mates carefully and you might not think of it until it is very late. Thread starter Melia; Start date Mar 6, 2019; Tagged users None Mar 6, 2019 #1 Melia Member View Badges. The only fish that seems fine and will eat food is a small rainbow fish. Well, it can only break down so much at a time. 2 fishes died during grow out time, All other 16 fishes survived well. What can I do? My local fish shop told me to leave it run for 2 weeks and then add some hardy fish to help cycle the filter. When we started the tank we used a gravel that had quick start “pre cycled” It was called! My fish keeps dying but water is fine, why? Spontaneous as it was, I had no choice but to buy a tank same day I aquired the 5 fish and attempt to do fish in tank set up the next day (I wanted to give at least one day for the tank to run before putting them in). But it’s not much different than the journey many fish destined for aquariums make. Two likely probable causes: Either your tank is overstocked or it isn’t cycled. I have a 94 litre tank. I looked up what could be wrong and it seems like swim blatters disease. It’s just an example used in the article to demonstrate the difference in fish life span to beginners. That alone will cause suffocation. The algae likely isn’t connected. AquariumNexus.com does not intend to provide any kind of veterinary suggestion. Ok sir, i will provide new home for them soon. Snails dying- what am I doing wrong? My betta is getting stuck in the current, filter too strong or wrong side. What are some signs of under or over feeding? There is no signs of disease and my water levels are fine. Our system includes 80 micron drum filter and and big bio-filter with CO2 stripping system. 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’m glad I can dip and still use these plants. I have no idea what’s happened, I get my water tested daily at petco and every time they tell me the water is perfect. Anyone have any ideas? But those fishes already stressed by high ammonia ( like 8 at the beginning) , they will not survive anyway. I would assume if the tank is too small, you could have problems. However, fish get ill like other creatures and stress and dirty water are the two main causes. Ammonia poisoning can happen over time, it isn’t instant, so if your fish were already stressed from ammonia poisoning, it’s possible that in there weakened state that something else, or the ammonia, finished them off. I think it’s going to be difficult to compare small end-tanks where the focus is on giving a quality of life to a commercial fish cultivating project where the goal is to keep cost and death to a minimum. Whether angel fish and platy are compatible entirely depends on the size of your tank. At minimum, your filter should have a piece of sponge that is rinsed and can be replaced and ceramic rings that last up to 5 years or more, depending on the brand. i have an outdoor fish tank and my fish keep dying but i have no idea why. This way the chopstick stirs up the sand and any poop and other stuff floats up towards the vac. He’s all I have of the red albinos since both adults died in that mess of what happened. That might not be an indication of sickness or parasites. Water changes don’t just remove nitrates but also replenish essential minerals. Sometimes I think I’m missing a fish, then it appears the next day, so I think the plants hide them well. Fish require more oxygen and without it, they will definitely die. Or is it daily doses of Prime that’s dangerous? I think the neons were eating it. The 20G has the same water parameters, same filter, substrate. Today is monday and it looks worse than it did on saturday. These were allowed to settle in the tank for 2 weeks, then I added a Betta and 3 panda corys. I’ve read your information about cycling and everything else, about Kh and pH and lots of information that has really helped me. I know it didn’t turn out how you planned but I have to congratulate you on doing everything you could to save these fish. First step is always to grab an aquarium test kit like this one – record your results. I don’t really believe in them since I have seen tanks cycle as quick or as slow without these, they do not appear to be responsible for speeding up tanks. Good. I couldn’t find your last message, but if your nitrates are at zero, then it sounds like a cycling issue. Ammonia – 0 Nitrate – 0 Nitrate – 5 to 10 Phosphate – 0 PH 7.4 GH – 125 KH – 30 Light may be a bit high for the tetras but is for the plants. I have at least 2 issues. Nitrate is continuously going up in a cycled tank and a zero is a sign that something is amiss. If you are using the API liquid test kit, then it should be perfectly fine. I use this one. There are 2 links in the step 1 there that your family should read before buying any more fish. 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. Another way is when replacing your filter or filter media. If your fish are pooping at a faster rate than the good bacteria can break it down, then your water can soon turn toxic – killing all your fish in the process. I will be vigilant and just try to do my best. If your fish is wild-caught, then it made a journey halfway across the world just to end up in a small tank in your local fish store. If not, it’s likely a build up of ammonia and nitrite. I fed him a couple of flake food everyday(making sure for it to sink so he doesn’t gulp air) and occasionally gave him pellets with more veggies so his diet wasn’t boring. Not all fish will do well in unheated aquarium tanks. If you are talking about cleaning with chlorinated water, then near instantly. Also, when you add new fish to your tank, do you drip acclimate them? Change around 50 percent of the water and ensure that the temperature and PH matches, retest the ammonia. We really are unsure of what is happening, the water was clean, they were feed appropriately, but they just died. I don't understand what I could be doing wrong. What it turned out to be was that the embers were swimming in a -3 mm- hole in the back that was mentioned for a suction cup that had fallen out!! Thanks for the support, Ian. You should not allow a fish with deformities and any of the known issues to breed because it might pass the disease to the offsprings. You must find a suitable fish tank for your fish. Why do My Platies Keep Dying? I’m sure your next fish will have an amazing life! That is all you need to do. My nitrates and nitrites results have been 0 from day 1. pH is steady at 7.5. This is a small scale commercial venture . All other tank members look great, are acting normally, and feeding well (I feed a pinch of fluval bug bites food once a day, and fed them some frozen brine shrimp instead more recently) and there is never any leftovers. My betta in a different tank also got ich. Even once your new cycle completes, if you add that many fish, they will very likely die again. I would suggest joining an aquarium forum like fishlore, local aquarium club or discussing with your local fish store, who may be able to shed light on the matter. We have done a water change, put in good bactetia, ph down solution, and a bit of aquarium salt. Your goldfish might be less than 2 inches now, but it can grow to a whopping 10 inches! the next day my sister fish was dead I didn’t think much of it cause her fish was small so we got her a new fish. I initially added 6 small mollies to the tank, which were all living peacefully. Failing to provide an appropriate environment for your fish can lead to it dying well before its time. Thanks for weighing in. One of the koi died after about 3 hours in a bucket. Out of 19 fish I now have 6. You’ll need an aquarium test kit to determine what has gone wrong. I’m fighting a mystery fish/shrimp killer in my 10 gallon tank. I have asked every question you can think of to petsmart people and done research and nothing I do seems to work. In other words, the fish will have to deal with long-term stress, which is a known cause of premature death. 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? HELP ME PLEASE. Because no two fish are alike, read up on the preferences of your fish before introduction to your tank. 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. Another extremely common form of death is overfeeding. my glofish are dying! Aquariums 20 to 55 gallons are ideal for first time aquarists. Any more than this and you are overfeeding. What am I doing wrong? Are you feeding the right food? On the biomedia front, aquaclear is one of the brands that has changed their ceramic rings multiple times. The stomach of your fish will swell if you overfeed them and they do not have the mechanism to realize that they are full and should stop eating. The first thing you want to do is cycle your aquarium. But his fins were a little torn from rubbing against the gravel so much. I also had a betta in 10gallon. October 2017 in Problem solving. It could be disease, lack of oxygen, chemicals in the water, etc. I am an absolute beginner though I’ve read everything and I was sure I had done something wrong. After deciding to keep fish, the next thing that you should do is to familiarize yourself with the feeding requirements and the right water conditions maintenance. It will take a short time before you start observing the many negative effects of poor water quality in your aquarium tank. Platy fish are commonly chosen by aquarists that are new to the hobby since platies are often marketed as peaceful and easy to care for fish that are hardier than most. Thanks for updating me! However, the fish will only survive for a short time. Considerable increase in toxic chemicals is one of the key causes of death of ornamental fish. My fish keep dying in my 5 gallon tank. I also bought a replacement filter cartridge and cleaned and replaced that after adding in the new fish. Call the water department to find out the days they add the chemicals. But still 2/3 fishes are dying everyday. We do not look at it in the daylight because we usually test the water when we get home from work. Help! My local fish shop told me to leave it run for 2 weeks and then add some hardy fish to help cycle the filter. Conditions tend to be more stable in larger aquariums, and if things start to go wrong, you have more time to correct them. It was too tall so I trimmed off the top but it made a big mess when I put it is the tank – little bits everywhere! Today, I have put together the leading causes of fish deaths in an aquarium and the best ways to prevent them. You can reduce the water flow by using a piece of sponge on the intake of the filter. Or should I just throw the plants out and get new ones? Did the water change kill the fish? Well, the cause of your fish’s death might have happened weeks ago, and your fish have tried their best to survive this entire time, before finally losing the fight. Fish require more oxygen and without it, they will definitely die. Molly’s, Platties, pleco, all kinds of shrimp and a few others. Unfortunately, your aquarium is much smaller, and your fish has no other choice but to flee for its life, day and night. I would appreciate any insight you may have from my description. The fish would start almost laying in the bottom of the tank, and kinda bend in the middle upon death. If so, it can kickstart algae growth and stress out your fish. I will say that at least the Nitrite and Nitrate levels are good… Nitrites at 0 ppm and Nitrates at 10-20 ppm give or take. I’m terribly sorry to hear about your experience. Take a single betta for instance – you know those micro-pellets they eat? Your example is the very definition. Also added bacteria. 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