New 23 litre fluval edge tank cloudy and dead fish please help

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New 23 litre fluval edge tank cloudy and dead fish please help

Post  Frosty69 on Sun Jan 08, 2012 2:46 am

Hi everyone, i am new to the fish world so take it easy with me. I just got a fluval edge 23 litre led aquarium. I rinsed all the gravel rinsed all the filter before i put them in topped tank up. Left it running all that day and the next day and went and got 4 guppys as the pet shop suggested, they seemed happy at first but when i got up this morning 2 of the 4 were dead and the other 2 were swimming in the little square opening (look like they were gasping for air) so i dropped the water 10mm so there is more surface area for oxygen. I have my filter running on max trying to get more oxygen. Also the tank seem really cloudy. Any help appreciated. Thanks Dale

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Post  corpjet on Sun Jan 08, 2012 8:29 am

You need to let the tank "cycle" before you add fish.

When I say "cycle" you need to let the filter run, get the temp set, feed the water and let it run for about 10-15 days before adding fish.

The mistake you made is a common problem all new fish keepers make. If your final 2 guppies die, wait the time period above, then add one fish.

Especially with guppies if you have a male and female you dont need more than a pair in there as they reproduce like rabbits!

Best of luck and dont become frustrated.

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Post  Frosty69 on Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:30 am

Cheers mate, yea i did look into doing a fishless cycle which i guess i should of done. My local aquatics(opposite to what seapets told me) said guppies werent the best choice so i put 2 plattys in for now. So got 2 male guppies and plattys. I noticed they were all swimming at the top of the tank which looked like they needed oxygen so i just put a air pump and sponge filter in the tank and the fish are swimming around happy now. I dont think the little opening at the top was fluvals best idea as there isnt much area uncovered so i dropped water 10mm. Fluval say there filter system built in on the edge does 100 gallons per hour (gph) or 357 litres per hour (lph) i personally dont think that little filter system does that much but i could be wrong. Thanks for your help mate if these fish die i definately wont be adding any more until the cycle is complete.

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