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Dirty Tank? Let's Clean It Up!
Your fick has the ick u can got to a petco to get ick medicine for ur fish
rinse it thoroughly with warm water
Hi everyone. I've never had a fish in my life. Bought a Betta and a 5 gallon tank. Unfortunately, before I began reading instructions on water/ph etc. I cleaned out the tank AND gravel with dish soap. Now it's Meyers dish soap which you can basically eat (I'm exaggerating), but still soap nonetheless. Thoughts/advice?My little Betta is still in the little bowl from the pet store. How long can it stay in the bowl?
think its sill dirty
hey, do you give the tank any time to adjust when you add the water conditioner? Also, just get a water neutralizer and adjuster tablets for your tank. If that doesn't work, it is the temperature of the tank.
PS. you let the tank filter and run for a while before you put the fish back in
I have a 30 gal fish tank every time I clean my fish get sick don't know what I did wrong a few day later white stuff is on the fish I lost two of my three fish I am also having high ammonia problem. can any one help me
Hey bud, the white spots on your fish is more than likely ick, a very common disease fish can get. And what i would recommend is putting the remaining fish you have in a small holding tank for a few days while you clean and disinfevt the tank you currently have. A great way to clean it without chemicals is with 20 mule team borax. Its in the laundry aisle at the supermarket, and its a naturally occuring mineral (its actually a crystal that is ground up, which has amazing properties of healing, disinfecting, and cleaning. So once your tank is clean you might wanna think about replacing the sand or gravel as well but if you can't or don't want to you're gonna wanna tell your tank with distilled water. Tap water nowadays, and even purified water, and in some cases (walmart) even the distilled water has flouride in it, which is poisonus to every living organsim on earth. I'll guarantee thats what your problem is. You can make a home distiller for about 20 bucks and turn water from your hose into pure H2O! I would suggest investing in that cuz buying distilled water by the gallon can get quite expensive depending on your tank size. And just remember that outting in fresh water in a clean tank means that there will be no bacteria in the water that the fish need to servive, so ask your local pet store for a gallon or so of their tank water cuz youre you're starting up a new tank. And something i tried that worked better than anything i could have ever imagined to get rid of ick without chemicals, was just a tabelspoon of colloidal silver, a ruby that cost $2.00 from a gemstone store, and a clear quartz crystal. My Moms friend suggested it i told her she was crazy, she took offense came over to my house amd put it in herself, and within 20 minutes the ick was gone. Which up until then i couldnt get rid of it for the life of me. (Shoulder shrug) Idk how or why but it worked.
I'm assuming that the issue was resolved by now, or you got rid of the tank... but for other readers that may be having trouble with similar issues. Please use the forums and aquarium hobbyist websites to help you determine what fish will work well together in a tank. http://www.fishprofiles.com was the one that I learned so much from when I started keeping fish in high school. 10 years later and I'm still a member helping newcomers to the hobby. As for the fish, they are uncompatible to live together, and if there is not enough algae in the tank for plecos, you can feed them leafy greens, zucchini, or other veggies (do your research first though) until the tank gets a little more healthy and green! There are also algae tablets that you can buy to feed them, but they are pricey!
While this is a great start, this is not the way to properly clean a healthy aquarium.First thing is, you do not need to remove the fish and decorations from the tank to clean it. Rather, you should only remove about 25-50% of the water while you are doing your gravel vacuum. Before you add any water back into the tank, you should add the water conditioner/de-chlorinator and try to get it to about the same temperature as that in the tank by playing with the hot/cold water taps from where you are filling it. If you're using a garden spigot, add hot water from a tea kettle or pot to warm it up. If you're having problems with your fish and tanks, i suggest joining a forum. Communities of long term hobbyists, professionals, and new comers alike to help each other out. I recommend fishprofiles.com as a good beginners forum.
Did you let the tank cycle properly before adding fish? Sometimes people don't realize that a fish tank is actually an ecosystem and think "add water and fish" but in reality it takes a little more time to make something that will thrive and be beautiful. If the tank has been set up longer, then it could be any number of other things. Without more explicit information we can't really determine what's going on in your tank.
So what you have to go is take the dominant filter out and take some of the tank water and put into a bucket and clean the filter in the water until all of the food and poop is out of the dominant filter and put it right back into the filter and you are good to go for another couple weeks but after a few months you might have to replace the dominant filter because it will tear and fall apart. Good Luck!!
I need Help on how 2 Clean the filter .. u didn't Show it here .. ? ?
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