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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 11:04 AM   #1
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Fish tank.. I wish I never did it..

So my kids wanted a pet.. I said no way.. but to drown out the screaming I decided to get 2 x $1.88 fish. ( calico fan tails ..on sale at PJs )
it ended up costing me $55 LOL.. [ with a starer tank kit etc ]

any how now I wish i never did it..
the tank went from crystal clear to murky within 24 hours..
I have filters, i did the chemicals.. everything.. [ i even turn the lights off {pitch darkness} for these damn things because they need to sleep]..

I am 5 mins from flushing the whole venture down the toilet, and tell my kids..it didn't work out..
any one have a quick tip or idea? [much appreciated ]
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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 11:07 AM   #2
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So my kids wanted a pet.. I said no way.. but to drown out the screaming I decided to get 2 x $1.88 fish. ( calico fan tails ..on sale at PJs )
it ended up costing me $55 LOL.. [ with a starer tank kit etc ]

any how now I wish i never did it..
the tank went from crystal clear to murky within 24 hours..
I have filters, i did the chemicals.. everything.. [ i even turn the lights off {pitch darkness} for these damn things because they need to sleep]..

I am 5 mins from flushing the whole venture down the toilet, and tell my kids..it didn't work out..
any one have a quick tip or idea? [much appreciated ]
nope, you mentioned all the reasons why I didn't get one. You have to love the hobby to do it and like any hobby it can cost you.
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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 11:14 AM   #3
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I am 5 mins from flushing the whole venture down the toilet, and tell my kids..it didn't work out..
any one have a quick tip or idea? [much appreciated ]
Flush twice.
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Fishkeeping is often a patience game. The water should clear up in a day or so. You may need to increase the filtration, however ($$). Often the filters included in those Startup Kits are woefully inadequate.
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Old Mar 6th, 2012, 11:48 AM   #7
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Fishkeeping is often a patience game. The water should clear up in a day or so. You may need to increase the filtration, however ($$). Often the filters included in those Startup Kits are woefully inadequate.
100% on that. Plus, how big is the tank you bought? I am guessing by the $55.00 price, it is likely very small. Even if you had a large filter on it, it takes time for the filter to become effective. Check this out.

The Nitrogen Cycle - Article at The Age of Aquariums - Tropical Fish

For fish tanks, the bigger the better and the easier they are to take care of. In either case, big to small, it takes a long time for the beneficial bacteria to build up in the filters and unfortunately, unless you have a large tank, goldfish are not good to start with since they are very messy fish.

I realize this is not the most helpful news but unfortunately, nothing is going to cure your cloudiness other than time.

I would suggest taking the goldies back and getting a few very small tropical fish (will require a heater if you don't have one) and start very slowly and build your aquarium up.
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Small tanks are much harder to keep then larger tanks...and you need to use the right fish / plants to keep things healthy...from the looks of things you have everything stacked heavily against you and it will be difficult to keep ahead of it with the choices you have made so far. If you want a simple to keep fish start with a beta and add a small plant. Goldfish are VERY dirty fish and typically a terrible choice for a fish tank.
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thanks every one for the great tips.. so regretting this. but i have the filter set to high.. it is a 5 gallon tank. - I guess I will wait till the weekend and empty half and start with clean water..
if they still live till then.. if not.. oh well.. keep the tank for another time and place.. [ when i was a kid. i do not remember it being so hard. But I do recall it being a massive tank ]
heres praying for a positive out come or we plan a family trip to the toilet and pause before saying good bye to Dorthy and Ariel.
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