this is my first fish tank ( I am well into my 30s!). I thought it would be an easy & fun activity for me and my four year old.
So far, I've found, it is difficult! I've already killed 3 fish, and I thought I was doing everything right!
I have a 1.5 gallon cube tank. It came with a filter, and I purchased a heater. I first put in two platys, and no plants, They both got "strange" looking within about 3 days. I took them to a fish place, and the guy said they had ick. So, I bought a betta & a snail. I had them both about 3 days, when the betta started acting strange after a partial water change. He was darting & hiding, and not eating. I did a quick change, & checked the levels. The ammonia was high, but only slightly. I didn't feed him for two days, and kept the levels steady. My snail was very happy & active during this time. I then went and got some Betta fix & some plants. I planted those last night. (unfortunately, I didn't put down substrate since I didn't know unitl I read this forum that I needed it, so I'll have to replant I guess). anyway, I got home today, and he was dead. The snail was eating him
What could have happened? If my conditioner is not working properly, would the chlorine kill him that fast? Why is my snail fine through all of this? What am I doing wrong? What is the best way to change the water during these partial changes? Any help would be most welcomed!