Is a dwarf gourami a good beginner fish?

fishbum
  • #41
thanks guys lets vote DG or cichlids no page long answers just DG or cichlids I'm getting my fish this after noon so huury

DG,until you get more experience,I would not put cichlids in a 10 gallon.
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #42
fishbum I give you the award for most comprehensive replies thank you
 
fishbum
  • #43
Russ, I'm sorry, I just keep shooting you down, and I don't mean to, I just want you to have a good experience with this wonderful hobby.
Your aquarium info says you've had the tank for a couple days, not nearly enough time to complete the cycle unless it's been seeded with used filter media from an established tank or used Bio-Spira (although I have no personal experience with it.)

What are you using to cycle?Did you get some bottled bacteria,or established media?
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #44
yes I ahve bottled bacteria

I will keep yal updated ok?

voting is still open if u want to vote;(

I'm alone on this thread lol

oh and BTW I'm using a filter that already has a bed of bacteria in it
 
fishbum
  • #45
OK,good luck!Remember to add fish slowly so you do not overwhelm the bio filter.And that most pet stores take returns if something is not working out in your tank,but ask BEFORE you buy.
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #46
ok thank you I thought about it and what is better for the fish is more important than what I want so I'm going with 2corycats and 1 DG
 
Alessa
  • #47
That is one awesome desicion! I am proud of you for that.

Dgs are full of personality and are awesome fish. You'l be happy with him/her.
 
angelfish220
  • #48
Did you get the cories or DG first? I would add the cories then the DG.
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #49
read my latest thread on gouramis and see if u can help the thread is uder Dwarf Gourami
 
Shawnie
  • #50
I think you have ammonia in your tank..do you have a test kit?
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #51
I tolduI got it tested literally 20 mins before adding fish and my bro bought his tank and immediatly put fish in and his fish are fine

I put stuff in to lower ammonia and nitrites
 
Lucy
  • #52
What stuff?
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #53
hey guys I'm back on the ppl at the pet store said to let him calm down and keep the light off most of the time they think the "twitch" is stress related
 
angelfish220
  • #54
did YOU test it? or did the petstore. Petstores are notorious for saying that your water is ready and it isnt. You should purchase a API liquid test kit and test yourself. If there is ANY ammonia or nitrite, then 50% water changes daily for you!
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #55
look at MY READINGS ON MY AQUARIUM INFO
 
Lucy
  • #56
I'm done.
 
Shawnie
  • #57
russ the ammonia will kill him!
 
angelfish220
  • #58
You have ammonia. Ammonia is a fishkiller. You need either Tetra Safe Start (But I don't know if I'd trust it yet) or BioSpira. or a seeded spounge from a mature tank.
 
gwat6
  • #59
ok
 
Shawnie
  • #60
outta curiosity, how old are you and your brother gwat?
 
Butterfly
  • #61
I did look at your readings and the only thing showing is ammonia .5. where's the Nitrites and the Nitrates?Sorry if I over looked it.
When your tank is at 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and some Nitrates it is finished cycling AND ready for fish. 50% water changes will help control the ammonia and now that you have fish in the tank (yes the twitch is from ammonia) you will need to do water changes and test every day. Putting fish in before the cycle is done slows the cycle down because you have to do the WC to keep your fish alive.
??
Carol
 
gwat6
  • #62
ok well lets just say me and gwat are definateley younger than you and my ntrates and nitrites are0 I don't trust that test though
 
Butterfly
  • #63
ok well lets just say me and gwat are definateley younger than you and my ntrates and nitrites are0 I don't trust that test though
Are you using the API liquid test? If so sometimes you have to shake them extra hard to make sure they are dissolved and will test correctly. If your using test strips they are frequently inaccurate.
With Ammonia shoing and no Nitrates your tank is definitely not finished cycling. In the cycling process ammonia will really spike high and can kill your fish. Monitor the ammonia and nitrites closely so your fish are not hurt and you can truly enjoy your hobby. Dead fish aren't fun or decorative.
carol
 
gwat6
  • #64
ok ty and they were test strips though to test ph I use the liquid test kit we use for our pool
 
Shawnie
  • #65
Are you using the API liquid test? If so sometimes you have to shake them extra hard to make sure they are dissolved and will test correctly. If your using test strips they are frequently inaccurate.
With Ammonia shoing and no Nitrates your tank is definitely not finished cycling. In the cycling process ammonia will really spike high and can kill your fish. Monitor the ammonia and nitrites closely so your fish are not hurt and you can truly enjoy your hobby. Dead fish aren't fun or decorative.
carol

he just got the tank yesterday and the fish today ...
 
gwat6
  • #66
we were mis informed by the pet store then
 
Shawnie
  • #67
gwat, a lot of us tried to help you yesterday before you got either
 
angelfish220
  • #68
I'm sorry but I can't help looking over the 4 other pages where we said to do the same thing we are saying now.

By the way consider that at this moment I can tell you atleast 14 other members that are below the age of 18.
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #69
well guys I'm trying but how long will it take for the ammonia lowerer to work
 
Butterfly
  • #70
gwat, a lot of us tried to help you yesterday before you got either
Most of the time all the pet store wants to do is make money. If you buy fish and they die then you will come back and buy more (There are some reputable stores out there granted)
But we have no vested interest in you or your fish tank except to see your fish healthy and you to enjoy your hobby by helping you anyway we can. So we have no reason to waste your time and ours by giveing you bad information.
We're just trying to help.
Carol
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #71
I see how much do test kits cost cause if its like 50$ for atest that is kinda pricey for sumone who gets paid 3$ a week lol
 
angelfish220
  • #72
here it is for 15$
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #73
of gratsI gratsI (thank you in italian)
 
angelfish220
  • #74
de nada! (Your welcome in spanish )

Is your lfs a chain store? most of the time they match their online price which is cheaper.
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #75
my lfs is petco or petsmart so itis an overpriced chain but yes it is a chain
 
Butterfly
  • #76
Petsmart usually has a coupon on their website you can print out and take to your store.
carol
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #77
hey butterfly can u delete all the other threads I have made other than these two in gouramis ive had numerous complaints and I don't want to annoy ppl and they said to contact a mod so I am telling u now
 
angelfish220
  • #78
Its a little more expensive 22$ but then you wouldnt need to pay for shipping. just print this and show it to the clerk.
 
russ757
  • Thread Starter
  • #79
ty that info might just have saved my fishes life
 
Butterfly
  • #80
Tell me exactly which ones and I will be glad to merge or delete whichever ones we need to.
Carol
 

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