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Originally posted by lombozo
Now here is where I need help. I am not so good with fresh water aquariums. Here's the dealio. I have a 6 year old son, and I bought him a little 10 gallon starter tank. Gravel, a couple plastic plants, an air pump piped into a treasure chest, the standard canopy with lights, and a filter.
I washed the plastic plants well, and rinsed the gravel before putting them in the tank. I filled the tank with tap water, hooked up the filter. The filter is a standard aquarium filter where you can change the medium. I use charcoal. Then I let it run for about a week before buying any fish. The first fish were goldfish. My son loved the goldfish and named him Black Jack. Unfortunately Black Jack died. We've had several fish since. Some have died, and some, well actually one, is still swimming around.
I feed them once a day. I use the food which is made specifically for them in flake form. Not too much, but enough.
I get some dark (almost black) algae on the plants and walls of the tank. I do the diligence, and scrub them clean. Then I do a water change of approx 10%. Every time I do this, some fish will die within 48 hours.
I want to move to Cichlids, but can't even keep Guoramis alive. I need some help here!
Need some help with Salt Water? I'm your man, but fresh water..... Yikes! I thought it would be easy.
I filled the tank with tap water
the dechlorinator i use is called stress coat. i would will my bucket up from the tap at the correct temp and then add the appropriate amount of drops to the bucket and it instantly takes out the chlorine