OK if you tank has been up for 8 days it will be cycling To cut a long story short during the cycle the water parimeters sky rocket and your tank is litterally toxic, the fish in it will suffer ammonia burn, and most likely although they look OK they will have a shorter life span and who knows what else - that is why your LFS has suggested neons as they are cheap.
you need to test your water regulairly and once the water parameters peak they will drop down to a safe level again, this is because your tank has built up its natural bacteria and you can now commence with regular water changes and also get some good fishes.
ummm I have no idea what a leopard plecy is - do you have the scientific name?
as for what you should do - take them back or carry on, well most people would just carry on, but if you dont want to you could take them back (but more than likely they will die or be sold to someone who hasn't got the first clue about anything and has a tank worse than yours will ever be)
I have always found dwarf gouramis to be aggressive towards each other, I have always ended up with just 1 and usually the female (I guess that is just my luck) They are not particually aggressive fish, and they cant inflict much damage but they do harras each other and I have usually ended up with one getting wounds and dieing.
however they are cheap and it might work, its certainly worth a try.
can I also suggest you add some cabomba to your tanbk for them to eat and hide in, I always found they love it
Hi all, I'm not new to tropical fish, but it's twenty years since I last set up a tank and kept tropicals. I can't believe the changes in tanks ,filters and heaters, I am now feeling like a complete begginer, so I thought I would ask for help[. My tank is 48" long / 16" wide and 22" deep. I am on day 8 of setting up the tank and have 10 neon tetra and 1 leapard plecy. This on the advice of my local aquarist shop. I have since read that neon's should not be used for setting up a tank. I do not want to put any poor fish through this stress if they are not up to it. Help please should I remove them and take them back to the shop or just carry on. Cheers Phil
My goldfish have been in their pond for approx. 3 Years. They were introduced from a reputable aquatics dealer at around an inch long, along with some shebunkins. The first thing we noticed, was the following year, one of the goldfish had turned jet black. I believe that this is the colour of very young goldfish, so put it down to its having 'reverted'. The fish are now around three to four inches long but one of them has started to turn white! I noticed it at the beginning of the year, with small white patches. Thinking it may be white - spot I kept a close eye on it, but there is no sign of any ill health or fungal growth. It is as lively as any of the other fish. It has got ot the stage now, where it is almost all white, with a few gold scales on its back and the head is still gold. Another one seems to be starting with the same patches. I've also noticed that one of the shebunkins seems to be going pale, losing that bright vibrant colouring that they have. Again, all the fish feed well and seem to have plenty of energy, so I'm wondering what's wrong? Can anyone help please?
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IF THE FINS ARE DOWN THE FISH ISNT HAPPY HAVE YOU CHECKED THE WATER FOR NITRITE,OR EVEN THE PH,HOW LONG HAS THE TANK BEEN SET UP ? HAS THE FILTER HAD TIME TO MATURE CORRECTLY ?THEY WILL STILL EAT EVEN IF THE WATER PARANITERS ARE WRONG SO CHECK THE WATER
Having recently built our first pond,3000 gallon capacity,I am after some advice as a beginner. The pond has a 20ft stream/waterfall into two joined ponds,the stream is concrete but has now been sealed,the ph is at present 9. Is this suitable for fishkeeping,and if so what types would you recommend? If the ph is still too high,what would be the best method to lower it. Prior to sealing the stream,the ph was in excess of 10,so it has reduced (a bit) Thank you
I am completely new to keeping tropical fish and currently have one pair of Dwarf Gourami. These are already a favourite of mine and I would like another pair. Although they are a peaceful fish, can anyone tell me if more than one pair will live safely together, or would there be a tendency for the males to compete for the females?