How Beginning Fishkeepers Can Avoid New Tank Syndrome
Whether you know someone (or maybe this can be your story) who is excited about the prospect of fish maintenance, pulling all the stops with a new tank, equipment, work … and then the grand finals come, the new fish. But then the newcomers did not survive, and “Corpus Delegis” they floated at the top of the water. Broken heart, you decide to swear the hobby of fish maintenance; Thinking is more difficult than its value. Well, I’m here today to tell you that this scenario is not uncommon, and you don’t kill your fish intentionally, and you are not condemned! You just found what is called “new tank syndrome”. Fortunately, I can provide an explanation and solution too. Don’t let NTS kill (no word -word game) your aquarium hobby dreams forever! You only need to master one of the most important points of fish maintenance and that is cycling with your tank correctly.
A well maintained tank requires bacteria in it to maintain life. The new tank with pure water that is clean and free of chlorine is important, but without the bacterial colony developed, what happens is that the newcomer newcomer is flooded with the emergence of sudden ammonia in the waste of its byproducts. Ammonia is a toxic side product from fish waste. In established bacterial colonies, ammonia is converted to nitrite and nitrate then less toxic than ammonia. This is known as the “nitrogen cycle” and maintains fish colonies in a more balanced environment. When a new tank (even if it is free from chlorine and dirt) ammonia is always released from new fish waste, food that is not eaten, or vegetable ingredients do not have “good” bacteria to neutralize “bad”. Somewhat like how important enzymes for our digestion. Don’t think you get science lessons here, right? Well, successful fish maintenance is the same as science, so stay with me.
Many fish fans force to debate the “best” way to cycling properly. The key to doing this correctly is to be very little by little at first. Only get a few fish at once and in this case get a very cheap type, such as ordinary goldfish which is cheap at 27 cents, so that at least you will not spend a lot of money if they have to get out. Goldfish will make a lot of waste without limits. Two or three on one blow is everything you need. You might have to play it soon and if death must occur, don’t panic. This is a process, remember? You can choose to wait a week or more and then replace one missing fish with one or two more … only have confidence. This can take up to a month before the cycling process is complete … When, I can’t say, but if you see your fish develop more, it is a good indicator. Even at that time, don’t keep adding many newcomers. I never bought more than four fish at a time and I knew it could look like complexity when you had to adjust two fish to their new environment when it seemed easy to adjust four or more.
Now, about the “Cycling Without Fish” method … For this procedure you will need pure ammonia where the bottle must read something like “pure ammonium hydroxide” and free from surfactants or colors, and also the main test kit. This kit measures the levels of ammonia, nitrate, nitrite, and pH accurately. A good investment because you will find yourself using your test kit regularly. After adding ammonia, you want to do a water test using a kit. Create a note of results … There must be a list of level indicators that are included with your test kit to issue suspicion. The amount of ammonia that you add to the tank may depend on the tank volume. This may be a faster process, but still, don’t get in a hurry. You may need to repeat this process again and compare the test reading until they show optimal numbers. Pure ammonia can be found in supermarkets and home repair shops and test kits are generally found in water dealers, or you can also buy it from e-commerce suppliers.
Now you have a straight anesthetic about the importance of cycling and can choose any method you prefer to do it. Hopefully, I will save you from a lot of sadness on this one as I know (from past experiences) how powerful it makes a lot of work to establish aquariums just to have a beautiful fish school going to the Great Barrier Reef in the sky! Keep in mind that this will pass, and over time the bacterial colony will become stronger and stronger and can support more of your fingers. Good luck!