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Hi my name is Joe. My wife and I have a new found interest in fish. We have set up a tall 30 gallon glo tank with AquaClear 50 filter. We have had a wild ride so far. We got the tank and accessories from Petco. They recommended we buy quick start and stress coat to cycle the water. They said bring us a sample in 2 days. We did they said everything looks good and told us 8 fish. 3 neon green long fin tetra, 3 neon red long fin tetra, and 2 dalmatian mollies. We did the whole wait 20 minutes with bag floating before putting fish in. We put the fish in, everybody looks good and we thought we were all set. We were so wrong, we woke up 6-8 hours later and 5 of 8 were dead. We packed up all the fish and brought them back for a refund. We took a water sample to a country store that sells fish and among alot if other things. They ran the thier test, said our ph, ammonia, and nitrates were 9ff the charts bad. They recommended ph down and leave the tank alone for 2 weeks. After 2 weeks the ammonia was down to nothing, they recommended we buy 6 tiger barbs and 6 rosey barbs, since they are hearty fish they will help us with the whole cycling process. They said do not touch anything for 4 weeks, bring them a water sample and whatever fish are still alive for a refund. If the water sample comes back correctly, we will be able to buy the fish that we want. It's been 5 days, everyone is still alive, so far so good. Me and wife were surprised just the setup process of the tank took this long. Does anyone have any other recommendations for us, since we are so new at this?
 

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Your tank is not cycled. I too started out just like you have and didn't know anything about a nitrogen cycle. Please read this,



https://www.aquariumforum.com/f66/fishless-cycle-15036.html.



It's pretty involved reading, but it does work. I have done a "fishless cycle" using plain ammonia ( no soap or scents added!) and it does work, just not overnight. Since you already have fish in your tank, you may have to do a more thorough research regarding "fish in tank" cycle. Click on Advanced search. The 1st link below will mention using live plants to help with the cycling. I haven't tried that, but hey...why not! It definitely couldn't hurt. At the top of this page, there is a category "tool" that will drop down a menu.



I also found this link someone had posted:



https://www.firsttankguide.net/myths.php I'm not familiar with that second link or site.



Another thing...buy an API test kit. Running back and forth to a fish store is time consuming. You can find them reasonably priced on Amazon.com, as I just bought one recently for like $15.



I just set up a 20 gallon for my son, but instead of doing a fishless cycle, I'm using cycled filter media from one of my existing tanks. I've done this method of cycling once before and it makes cycling a new tank way faster, like in 2-3 days instead of waiting weeks. If you have friends/co-workers, even a fish that has a tank already set up and cycled, maybe you can get some already cycled filter media from them.


Good Luck!
 
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