Quote (Xyphos @ 25 Jan 2020 06:20)
so i just bought a new 20 gal tank
added sand let it cycle for a week, and i put my existing driftwood in my old tank to let the beneficial bacteria bloom
today i changed the of the 20 gal water albeit abit roughly since i has washed the sand the week before.
sand cloud appeared but i thought it was just sand cloud
so i added my fishes inside.
3 cardinal tetras started swimming strangely, so i moved all my fishes back to the original tank
all 3 died within hours today, red gills, bleeding internal?
- what went wrong? ammonia spike up from undisturbed sand below ?
- my german blue ram mostly dwelled at the bottom of the new tank seemingly ok and active. he’s still active and ok now
- my guppies were mostly swimming on top at the new tank
- what can i do to my 20 gal tank now? when can i move new fishes inside
Hi, Aquatics enthusiast here, been keeping fish for over a year now. I have 135/50/20/10 gallon tanks all freshwater.
I am sure you heard this before but 1 week is not enough to cycle a new tank.
If you had a tank already established, and moved a sponge filter/wiid/ornaments into the new tank, 1 week would be fine.
Next time, buy cheap Zebra danios, like 10 for a 20 gallon, let them cycle it for you, thats like 10 bucks worth of fish, if they die, so be it, not a loss, and you will cycle the tank in the process
start over, dont quit