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    New fishkeeper

    Hey. Names brandon. I'm new to keeping fish seriously. I've had fish before but I got frustrated. Now I'm serious about it. Picked up a 30 gallon tank and I've 3 baby mollies, 2 catfish, a neon tetra, and 2 guppies. Any beginner tips for me?

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    Hello.

    Did you cycle the tank before getting the fish?

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    [QUOTE=HillbillyHomer;171876]Hello.

    Did you cycle the tank before getting the fish?




    No. I didn't know about that at first, I didn't read about it until after the tank was stocked.

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    Do you have any aquarium water conditioner or a aquarium test kit?
    if not i would get some and start doing small daily water changes until the tank cycles.

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by HillbillyHomer Click here to enlarge
    Do you have any aquarium water conditioner or a aquarium test kit?
    if not i would get some and start doing small daily water changes until the tank cycles.
    I used Tetra AquaSafe in the water before we put the fish in. And yesterday I tested the ph and it said it was neutral but closer to acidic. Outside of that, I currently have no way of testing for ammonia or nitrite and nitrate.

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    being you are just starting out i suggest you invest in a test kit similar to this.
    AMMONIA TEST KIT

    NITRITE TEST KIT

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by HillbillyHomer Click here to enlarge
    being you are just starting out i suggest you invest in a test kit similar to this.
    Will do. Yeah i knew something was wrong when one of the guppies (there were 2 at first) died so quickly. The rest of them seem fine but i suppose it's just a waiting game to see if they're going to make it



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    Sorry about the guppy. Dont get discharged if the fish die it happens.

    What kind of catfish do you have?
    Catfish and Corydoras

    P.S. i love guppies.

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    Albino corydora catfish. We got them as a throw in with the tank. Bought the tank used for like a dollar a gallon (would have been much less but i threw him some extra cash for holding the tank for me nearly a week til payday). So in his 55 gallon tank he had a discus with these 2 Cory's so he threw the corys in for free after I mentioned we getting this stuff for my 3 year old because he likes fish lol

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    Click here to enlarge...Blame the kid...Click here to enlarge

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    Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by HillbillyHomer Click here to enlarge
    Click here to enlarge...Blame the kid...Click here to enlarge
    Of course. It's always his fault

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    Brandon,

    Hi and welcome.........Click here to enlarge

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    Update : both guppies have passed on, I think they weren't tough enough to make it through the cycle. The neon tetras are still alive, which surprises me since they're about the same size, if not a little smaller than the guppies. The mollies are getting big and the pleco and corys seem to be doing very well.

    I'm having a little trouble though. I don't know if I'm feeding enough, or too much, or whatever. I have flakes, these little pellets that my father in law gave me with the mollie fry, dried baby shrimp and the algae disks.

    I've always had trouble gaging how much of each, especially the flakes, I should be putting in there. Any suggestions?

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    You can feed small amounts at a time if it is all eaten within two or three minutes
    give them some more. Repeat until they don't eat it all within the two or three minutes.

    This will give you a ideal of what they need.

    Click here to enlarge...Dont forget your water changes... Click here to enlarge

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    Remember that a fish stomach is about the size of their eyeball.........doesn't take a lot to feed them, especially smaller ones.

    I feed every other day and have done so for years. This, coupled with water changes/vacs, seems to work for me. I have had some of my fish for years and....they look very healthy.....Click here to enlargeClick here to enlargeClick here to enlarge

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