I must admit that even though I know better, I put the fish in a new tank without knowing much about cycling. He seemed pretty happy his first evening in the Chi. He was previously in a 3 gallon Tetra with faux plants. I decided to take the plunge and bought two live plants for the Chi upgrade. My concern is that he is becoming a bit lethargic and hanging out at the bottom though he is still social and eating.
Here are his current habitat:
Chi 5 gallon aquarium
1/4 former tank water 3/4 treated tap water
1/2 teaspsoon of salt to "treat" some ragged fins
Aqueon dechlorinator and Hagen treatment (came with Chi but no dosing instruction- decided one teaspoon per Internet findings)
two live plants
heater (76 degrees - was 80)
At first everything looked perfect; crystal clear water, curious and happy fish.Was bummed to find cloudy water in the morning. I did not have a water test kit but did do a 25% water change. He started hugging the bottom even more. :(
So off to buy a water test kit. Results:
Water hardness 120
I can't tell where I am at in cycllng and want to do everything I can to save the little guy? Any ideas or suggestions appreciated.