Oreganoodle Posted September 24, 2021 Share Posted September 24, 2021 I kept a tank in highschool/college for about 6 years; and so when my daughter got into learning about fish at school I thought a fish tank would be a great birthday present. But then - as some of you already know - I let the petstore and said 7 year old talk me into fully stocking the tank - and everything died. I'm committed to going slower this time - but I'd like your feedback/advice if you are willing to part with it. With the first tank I had several neon tetras, zebra danios, and a bristlenose pleco that was quite young). The tetras and pleco died within 24 hours. The Danios slowly petered off over 7 days. Testing showed some ammonia the first day; so I did a water change. After that the water got cloudy and then I saw nitrites and then nitrates so I thought things were going to recover until the Danios died too. I tested 2x a day with api strips and ammonia stayed 0. Details: 34 gallon tank; Fluval power filter; Rainbow Gravel substrate; plastic plants - don't judge those last two too harshly, she is 7 and I let her get what she really wanted. Desired fish: she wants something very colorful but because of the neon tetras dying last time she doesn't want those. I also tried to talk her into a Beta - but she doesn't like the idea of only one. She is pretty keen on the idea of guppies and shrimp. I went down the pictures/list of best beginner fish from the forum and nothing struck her fancy from that. My plan this time: buy a better testing kit. Do a fishless cycle with Dr. Tims bacteria + ammonia - wait until I can add ammonia and watch it cycle and only then add fish. I plan on getting them from the nearest local store (which is about 40 min away); rather than going to the box store that is 10 min away. Question: Given that I don't have a quarantine tank and these will be the first fish going in the tank - what if anything should I do to preventative treat without wrecking the good bacteria? Question: Any other advice/things you think I should reconsider? Thanks! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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