With the test kits, I find that I shake mine for a good 20-30 seconds for a really good mix, and then wait 5 minutes before reading them. It can take a little while for the chemicals to react.
So one thing we need is a check box for negative feedback and useless help on this forum because you have received ALOT of that.
Lol till I cry.I’m a new tank owner and I’m very frustrated!
I have a 10 gallon and a 3 gallon fresh water tank. The 10 gallon has a fungal infection. The 3 gallon has fish rot (possibly? Maybe?) and probably fungus as well.
The 10 gallon
Had 6 rasboras, down to 3. (Bought nov 24th)
Two were killed by a male Betta who was removed last Thursday (nov29)to the 3 gallon shame-tank.
Please clarify!! The 29th was the first partial water change to see if I could get the hang of the vacuum now that there were fish in the tank, but I was scolded by the fish shop (not petsmart!) for doing a 10% change in a tank that had been running for 3 weeks and housing fish for 1, when the tank instructions themselves had said two 10% changes per week or one 25% once a week. I will do as many or as few changes as required to have a happy, healthy aquarium! He said I should have waited 4 weeks with fish before doing any changes, and this sounds wrong!
A third rasbora died last night and had a mis-diagnosed case of fungus, which I mistook for a lame fin post-Betta bite on the 28th. He fell behind the growth of the other 3 healthier fish and died last night (dec4)
The three remaining fish each have small signs of white cotton on their pectoral fins, and I am on my third day (dec 2-5) of Pimafix that I don’t believe is doing anything.
They are not eating, and aren’t swimming in their favourite spot (a ways down from the filter where the current gives them a push).
I removed the charcoal pad from the filter when I started the Pimafix on dec 2nd. I have not changed the water because I was already told off for it, but browsing this forum listed DAILY water changes as the first line of defence when things go wrong.
I’ve been told to add salt, but don’t add salt.
Use pimafix, but pimafix is garbage.
Don’t change the water but make sure you change the water.
Water has been tested every 2-4 days since the fish went in, will post the last test results when I get home. (0 chlorine, 0 ammonia, 20 ph, I believe?