D: Ok I appreciate all the help. I now understand how important it is to know my water perimeters.
VJ: it cannot be overstated.
D: I am going to take a sample and get it checked today. U said petco and petsmart isn't a good place to go to. What is the right place.
VJ: a non-chain, not newly open, good LFS, mom-and-pop LFS, etc. preferably the one that deals only with fish but there are plenty of excellent ones that have several depts. Problem with chains - lack of experience and professionalism of the staff. They use test strips for water testing, which are crude and unreliable. Their staff was selling pizzas yesterday and will be washing cars tomorrow, but today they sell fish. Will trust such a source of knowledge? I am not saying there are no knowledgeable folks there, just that there are much, much less of them there.
D: I will get back to you guys right when I get this done I just talked to someone at petco where I bought the fish and he said it is a bacterial infection due to poor water quality.
VJ: it is a guess just like ours, until we know more - water parameters, pics, circumstances, etc.
D: I also put the rtc in the 55 gallon after I let it filter for a few days.
VJ: ?? Is it anew tank that has ran only for a few days? If yes, then your problems are becoming clearer.
D: Is it important to have other fish in the tank first.
VJ: It is important to have the tank cycled before putting fish in it.
D: If this problem is due to poor water quality what is the best way to improve the water quality and how to go about doing it Thank you
VJ: Now, my best guess based on the very limited info above, your tank was not cycled, you put a small fish in it but gave it a good amount of food. Now, your RTC is swimming in a weak solution of ammonia and nitrite because the bacterial cultures that should be digesting these toxins have not had a chance to establish and grow. I'd recommend doing 75%-90% water changes every day for a month or so, adding bacterial seeding cultures now, maybe adding ammo-lock, or re-homing the fish til your tank is cycled... but first things first - water parameters.
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