'New Tank Syndrome' is a term used to describe problems that occur due to the build-up of invisible, toxic compounds in an aquarium. It gets its name as the issue is most likely to occur when your filter is maturing when starting a new aquarium. The full population of friendly bacteria can take up to 2 months to establish in your filter to a level where they are able to process all the waste being produced by your fish.
New Tank Syndrome is extremely common and can be a very frustrating and upsetting start to fish keeping as it often results in the death of your lovely fish. However, understanding its causes can help you to minimise or avoid problems completely.
Understanding the role of your filter, particularly the biology of the bacteria-driven Nitrogen Cycle, before you start your aquarium is the best way of preventing new tank syndrome.
The Nitrogen Cycle is a natural biological process that occurs in your filter and helps to maintain a healthy environment for your fish. The video below explains more...
However, this Nitrogen cycle process takes a while to establish in a new filter.