Fish Very Inactive, Floating, And Red Spot Found

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Hello All,

I have a brand new tank, with fresh water, and all props cleaned.

My 2 guppies were introduced to the tank last night and are now very inactive. One is sitting on the bottom and will not move besides breathing and fin movement. The other is floating on the surface letting the current move her and will move occasionally. Neither will eat or seak out food.

She is also the guppy that developed the spot overnight.

10 Gallons
Water Quality:

GH - 15
KH - 55
PH - 7
NO2 - 0.5
NO3 - 0

There are live plants in the tank as well as a bubble wall.

Thank you in advance for your help! Would really like their new home to be a success.
 

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If you saying brand new tank your tank is not cycle most likely.. Fish might not going to make it .. please research about The nitrogen cycle is on of the most important biological processes in the aquarium
 

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Hello! Welcome to Fishlore
What is your ammonia? You shouldn’t see any nitrites in a cycled tank, did you cycle this tank before adding fish?

That isn’t a guppy, it’s a platy.
How did you acclimate the fish? If they were acclimated poorly, they will become shocked and could have problems.
 

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That means your tank is still cycling. How did you acclimate the fish? Likely when you don't acclimate correctly they could have problems adjusting or even die. Like @Fanatic said
 
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Hello! Welcome to Fishlore
What is your ammonia? You shouldn’t see any nitrites in a cycled tank, did you cycle this tank before adding fish?

That isn’t a guppy, it’s a platy.
How did you acclimate the fish? If they were acclimated poorly, they will become shocked and could have problems.
Hello! Thank you for the welcome and reply.

Oh I see, I will keep platy in mind for future research.

I adjusted them to the temperature of the water but introduced them to the water with no further methods. I added an aquarium starter (for adding slim and bacteria). The water definitely did not have time to cycle. Was my mistake to add them so early. The 0.5 on NO2 may just be a miss read on the testing strip which unfortunately has no ammonia test.
 

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Hello! Thank you for the welcome and reply.

Oh I see, I will keep platy in mind for future research.

I adjusted them to the temperature of the water but introduced them to the water with no further methods. I added an aquarium starter (for adding slim and bacteria). The water definitely did not have time to cycle. Was my mistake to add them so early. The 0.5 on NO2 may just be a miss read on the testing strip which unfortunately has no ammonia test.
Okay, well you need to cycle the tank.
So, you are saying you floated the bag on the water?
The tank actually did have time, you just introduced fish too quickly. It can still be cycled with the fish in, but they could die from the stress it causes.

If you have no ammonia test, then you must be using strips, which are very inaccurate.
I would recommend getting the API Master Test Kit from a local fish store.
 
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Okay, well you need to cycle the tank.
So, you are saying you floated the bag on the water?
The tank actually did have time, you just introduced fish too quickly. It can still be cycled with the fish in, but they could die from the stress it causes.

If you have no ammonia test, then you must be using strips, which are very inaccurate.
I would recommend getting the API Master Test Kit from a local fish store.
Thank you for your help. I will find an API Master and begin doing what I can to correct my critical error.
 

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So did you drip acculimate? Sounds like you didn't. How did your fish act after you let the fish go into your water?
 
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So did you drip acculimate? Sounds like you didn't. How did your fish act after you let the fish go into your water?
Both fish were placed directly into the water. They acted fairly normal, starting by finding places to hide then moving about exploring the area and looking for food.
 

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So did you drip acculimate? Sounds like you didn't. How did your fish act after you let the fish go into your water?
If he explicitly said he used no further methods... lol probably not??

Just a tip OP for future additions it’s good to dump the bag into a net then into the tank to avoid introducing pathogens etc, after acclimating them both to temp and water conditions
 
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If he explicitly said he used no further methods... lol probably not??

Just a tip OP for future additions it’s good to dump the bag into a net then into the tank to avoid introducing pathogens etc, after acclimating them both to temp and water conditions
Thank you for your advice, and that makes sense. I will be sure to use this method after easing new fish into the new conditions.
 
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