Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Setup new tank, think I messed up. Please help!!
Hello everyone! Been out of the hobby for a few years and just got back into it and I am not sure what I have done, nor do I know what to do next! Looking for some advice!
So, September 1st, I went out to my LFS and purchased a 20g kit. It included the tank, hanging filter, heater, and hood w/ LED lighting. Seemed like a good deal and adequate for what I was doing! I originally purchased just the kit and a few bags of gravel, as well as some guppies, as the gentleman in the store recommended would be a good fish to start my cycle.
About a week has gone by and I have been non-stop looking at planted aquariums online all over the place. I got anxious and went back to the LFS today, purchased a bunch of live plants, came home, dropped the water level of my tank to about 1/3, planted all of the plants, and also added another 2 bags of gravel because I felt I needed more.
After doing this and refilling the tank, within just a few minutes, all 10 guppies were dead and floating!!! I have no clue what happened and now am not sure what to do next.
My tank is now full of plants, do I wait and leave the tank as is? Or do I need to add fish to supply nutrients for the plants?
Thank you in advance for any suggestions and advice. Your knowledge is greatly appreciated, I'm quite stressed out and ready to get things under control to get my tank on a healthy path!
PS, photo attached is how the tank sits as of about an hour or so ago!