replied 5 years ago.
The fish bowl was cleaned, and i even put totally new fresh water in it, yesterday (on the 3/3/2011). Even though they say, that as a general rule, to only take out 1/4 to 1/3 of the water every two weeks, but i mean... hey you know, some other people have said that, if your ph, high range ph, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate levels are too high... then yeah... you change all the water in the entire fish bowl, so that was what i did, because i have an "API Master Test Kit" which alot of people say is good and accurate, i tested the old water before i disposed of it, and found that it had a ph and high range ph of about 7.5-7.6 which is supposedly pretty ideal for guppies, an ammonia level of 4.0ppm which to me is terrible, seeing that it is the second highest level on the ammonia chart and they say that you pretty much no ammonia or very, very little ammonia in the water, a nitrite level of 1.7-1.8ppm, and a nitrate level of ll.5-12.5ppm... but 1.5-2hours before i cleaned the fish bowl, and changed its entire water, i had 2 guppies still alive. But i noticed one of my 2 remaining guppies was swimming and then settling himself down to the bottom of the fish bowl at night and even during the day as well,... but i thought maybe he is just resting, just like we humans rest through the day sometimes, so i thought i'd leave him be, he kept doing this for about 5-6 days prior to his death. Any way i come back like 1.5-2hours later and find him dead, and that was when i decided to say... no... stuff this, i'm doing a complete clean of the bowl and putting in entirely new fresh water, because i didn't want to take any prisoners.
But just to let you know, the stuff i use to clean the bowl with and remove fish from bowl with are all plastic and nylon material, nothing metal, everything rinsed with no chemicals (i never ever use any chemicals, cause i know they will kill the fish). And to make sure that, what i am removing the fish with is clean, i get a large enough bowl (at least 2.5L), rinse it well and make sure that it has never been used for anything else before, then fill it up with clean water (2.5L), and put a tiny drop of "API Melafix" in the water, and then put everything i will use to remove my fish with in that bowl to be disinfected of ammonia and stuff for about 5-10mins, and nothing i ever use has ever been used for anything else but this and never had any chemicals on them as well.
Any way... onto the next part... i feed my fish, maximum 3 times a day, and only give him 1 small flake, and 1 or 2 little granules and thats it for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. And i never leave any excess food in the tank for anymore than 5mins. But you see originally (being more inexperienced and less knowledgeable about fish, than what i am now) i bought 4 guppies for 2.5L fish bowl which was daughnting to find out that, one, bowls are not ideal for almost any fish and that, two, it is not ideal to have a group of guppies in that amount of water, because of water quality issues, and general health and happiness of the fish, and all kinds of stuff like that. But the people who sold me everything, don't seem to give a damn, and i even told them, that i am a complete beginner with fish and don't really know anything about them, and then he just lets me buy 4 guppies.
And if i can remember, the water he gave me looked a bit mysty, and i heard that, that can be to do with fish being over fed, so maybe he originally gave me bad fish that were probably already sick in the first place, and in dirty water. But i will say that, before i knew about the overfeeding thing, that even though i was following the directions on the bottle, saying to feed a maximum of three times a day, i was feeding them all WAY to much, WAY, WAY too much, so that made the water worse as well. First time i changed the water was about 3-4 days after buying the fish, and i only replaced a quarter of the water, and that was it, and it wasn't until about 3-4 days later, that i found out about this overfeeding thing, and also how essential it is to have a "Test Kit", so i took all this into consideration, started feeding them alot less quantities of food, and bought that "API master test kit" only to be shocked at the results.
And at that time, i wanted to to change the entire water, but i hesitated, because i had also read, that if you change to much of the water, to often, that it's like taking the environment away from the fish, and also because they say as a general rule to do it once every 2 weeks. So that's why i never did it right there and then.