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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2008, 08:30 PM Thread Starter
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Question Gross tank. sick fish???

1. kay so I got my fish into the 5 gallon tank, with a filter, and the water has turned foggy. I want to clean it but I JUST cleaned it last night. and my parents say it will hurt my fish. is it okay to fill bags of water, and let them sit in the tank till they get to the right tempurature then let it go??? or will it just harm them? because my betta sometimes "sits" at the bottom of the tank and I tap, and he swims right up. normal.my parents say hes sleeping... what do I do?? help
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 08-13-2008, 08:57 PM
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how about try put your fish first on a bowl...


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on a bowl???

if u mean in a bowl, he just came from one. and i also have 2 neon and a frog.
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If I'm right foggy water is to do with water quality.Take a sample to your pet store and they should test it for you for free.

Are the fish in the tank already or in bags still?


Bettas will sit at the bottom of the tank for various reasons if I right. The water might be too cold or the fish my be sleeping or resting.Or the fish could be sick.Again go and get your water tested.





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you need to cycle the tank for a week or two before you put the fish in. read this, it'll help

http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f77/c...ing+freshwater

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i already have the fish in. but what do i do now? lol they are in. i would have to cycle another tank to put them in while i cycled this tank.
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Ditto on what mulder said you need to cycle the tank.The fish could be ok in an uncycled tank but if you just got them you could bring them back and cycle and get get other ones, or you could just keep them and try your best with what you got now.

What type of fish/animals do you have in the tank?





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you can scoop the fish out and keep them in bog glass bowls (check salvation army/secondhand stores) for a week or two. just make sure to do partial water changes often. i hope that might work!

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The water is foggy because the aquarium wasn't cycled first. You'll need to do a lot of partial water changes to keep ammonia down (do you have a gravel vacuum?). If you can get something called Bio-Spira (it would be refrigerated), that'll actually cycle the tank for you but it can be tricky to find. You can get it online but most stores don't carry it.

You might want to consider adding some hardy live plants to help absorb the inevitable ammonia spikes. Java ferns should be your first choice...they're nearly impossible to kill and really help water quality .

The cycling process is really hard on fish so they'll be more prone to illness and it's possible you'll lose some of them. If you want the best chance of helping them get through this make sure you keep up on water changes.

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