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I have to respectfully disagree with the 'or they will die' statement.mitch said:some times black mollies loose some color on their scales and it look s a dark blue . for mollies to do well the need salt or they will die
I agree 100% with you I had a 5 gallon at first and I could never seem to get it stable. I got a 20 Gallon with a canister filter and everything has been perfect since. I kinda think the filters in a 2 gallon are probably going to be a little hard to maintain the good bactreria for stability.jetajockey said:I can tell you from experience that in a small tank like a 1.5 or a 2 gallon that the water parameters can get out of wack very quickly, I've seen the ammonia go from 0 to off the charts within a single day.
Me too Shawnie....I admit to it! ;D But like you said as long as your careful there really isnt anything wrong with them....Shawnie said:I have a few tanks 5 gallon and under and have no problems keeping them on track...they key to them is to NOT overstock/overfeed and do proper maintenance on them ...but the larger the tank, the easier it is to keep for sure
In my post above, I was asking Mitch to note about the tank size instead of just recommending salt._ said:I mean no disrespect, because I love all the help I've been getting from everyone here. But I know my tank is too small. I know a need a bigger one. It's just not feasible right now. My lease won't allow for a bigger tank, and my mom is already taking care of my hellion cat while I'm at school. It wouldn't be fair to her to ask if she could take on looking after an aquarium too... I just want to know how I can make do with what I have until it is possible for me to get them the right tank...
All I wanna know is what could be making my fish look moldy, and how can I make sure his (now starting) fin rot doesn't get any worse until I can get a bigger tank...
I didn't cycle the tank before hand - I didn't know I had to. Currently I'm doing 50% water changes daily and using Prime. I missed one day of changing the water, and somehow the heater came unplugged & it was about 60°F when I found it yesterday & plugged it back in. Right now it's about 72°F.josh11551 said:I agree with everyone else on the tank size but that water test shows that the water is not so good right now which is an effect from the fish and other things. did you cycle the tank before you got the fish?
These levels are toxic. The ammonia, bad, but not as bad as the nitrite and nitrate levels._ said:I've been changing the water about 40-50% every day save the one day I missed. Every other day I've been doing readings and they've been pretty consistent since I began on the 4th. As of today my readings are:
I put in a little aquarium salts for freshwater fish because the box says that it helps with stress and disease. They seemed to be doing a lot better with when I was using the freshwater slat, and didn't start looking sickly until I stopped (when I started using Prime). Maybe instead of doing a 50% water change twice a day.. would it be better to do 50% now & 25% later tonight?Lucy said:Be gentle with the change. Your little ones are pretty stressed already.
Two water changes in day is stressful but given the situation, imo, also important.
Are you getting the waste and left over food out with a turkey baster or something?
When they break down, they'll also raise the levels.
I was considering using some treatment. I have antibiotics left from a betta that had fin rot. A friend came by my apartment last night - he keeps fish - and told me he thought what looked like fungus was actually ich... I assume he would know better than I would... but I hesitated to use mediation on them since the levels are so toxic. As of right now, both fish are swimming around like they usually do... eating fine... So I might hold off until the nitrates and nitrites are at a level.Craig-D said:For your fin rot and fungal problems, I recommend a regimin of treatment that includes both Melafix and Pimafix used together. That should knock both ailments right out - that is if your fish survive the current toxicity of your water.