New fish mommy who's in way over her head!

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Verainne, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. VerainneNew MemberMember

    Okay, new fish mommy isn't quite true. I have three wonderful thriving bettas in 5 gallons that are doing wonderfully!

    But I just got a 50 gal from a friend who was otherwise going to sell it on craigslist, and, well, I was concerned that they would die in the care of a stranger! It has tetras, danios, plecos, clown loaches, and HAD a betta who died shortly after arriving, I assume from the stress of the trip?? It was a rocky ride. :C

    She gave me ALL the stuff-- a gravel vac, filter, heater, water conditioner, salt, etc etc, even frozen food.

    Now, the tank was in poor-ish condition when I got it. Algae everywhere, cloudy water... I've cleaned it up pretty nice, for the most part (no cleaning chemicals, of course, good ol' fashion tank scrubber and gravel vac)

    I conditioned the tap water and slowly added it back to the tank a gallon at a time, and the surviving fish that didn't belly-up from the stress of the trip seem to be doing great.

    I went to test the water-- then realized, I have NO IDEA what the ideal parameters are! I have an API test kit, I just want to know what the ideal Nitrates, Nitrites, PH, KH, and GH levels are for these fish. I want them to have the best care possible!

    And, is there anything else I should know? I want to be the best fish mommy ever.
  2. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    Ammonia, nitrites you want 0,0, nitrates below 40, preferably below 20. I'm not sure there is an ideal ph, the fish you currently have should adjust to your ph. You just want it above 6 or it will mess with your cycle. I honestly have no idea on kh/gh but someone will come along who does. You shouldn't need to use the salt either fwiw, i wouldn't use it personally.

    Welcome to fishlore! :)

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  3. NympxzieValued MemberMember

    Testing: Ammonia 0, Nitrite 0, Nitrate between 5 and 20
    pH - any is fine really fish are quite adaptable
    GH + KH - again most is fine unless you have less than 3 degrees or more than 20 degrees

    a few other things you should know. Clown loaches need huge aquariums and need to be in groups of 6, it's best if you re-home them. What kind of pleco do you have in that tank? Common pleco will get too large. Tetra and danio's need to be in schools of 6 as well incase they aren't already.
  4. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    The ideal KH should be at bare minium 4 or 5, or your pH will not hold steady. My KH is about 10, i have very hard water. :)
  5. VerainneNew MemberMember

    Alright, and if my nitrates and nitrites are too high, how do I most efficiently reduce them?

    Yeah, my KH is pretty high, same with my GH. The tetras and danios are all in schools. I don't know the kind of pleco but she's had the tank for a while and he's only about... 3 inches?
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  6. Bijou88Well Known MemberMember

    Reduce them by doing water changes. :)

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  7. NympxzieValued MemberMember

    That gets fixed with a water change! if nitrite is above 0 change your water 50% every day or every few days until your test reads 0!
  8. VerainneNew MemberMember

    Alright~ Thank you so much for the help <3 Yeah, the condition of the tank was pretty poor. But like I said, I want to be best fish mommy!
  9. NympxzieValued MemberMember

    It just needs a little love that's all!!!
  10. sparkles22Valued MemberMember

    I also recommend a good water conditioner with your water changes...... seachem prime has been my go too

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  11. jdhefModeratorModerator Member

    Welcome to FishLore!

    You have already gotten some good advice, so I just wanted to add a couple things.

    First, if you are not familiar with the nitrogen cycle (words will be link to an article) I highly recommend you read up on it.

    Second, Scaleless fish will not tolerate salt in the water. Your Clown Loaches and Pleco are both scaleless fish, so I would highly recommend not using salt in the tank.

    Best of luck!
  12. alirayFishlore VIPMember

    Welcome to the forum and congrats on your new tank and new fishies. Alison