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Old 10-22-2011, 10:32 PM   #1
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Need help/advice PLEASE! - Lethargic Firemouth

Ok I just got my second firemouth to pair with my other. I got the fish from LPS(chain store) anyway... Floated the fish for about 20 minutes then slowly kept adding my tank water to the bag...

Finally when the bag was more then half filled I added the fish to a small small tank I have which was filled with my tank water.

Added stress coat after introducing the fish to my 55. The fish lasted about 2 hours! Showed signs of lethargic and had glazed over eyes and was kinda floating around only using the left fin. He started bumping into the glass so I was nervous and took him out. I have him back in the small tank but he looks dead!! He's just laying there! Gills are moving but he's not with us...

What is it? What do I do? Did he just infect my while tank which I FINALLY got all the numbers correct and the water was on the money. Now what?!

Please help... Thanks.
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Old 10-22-2011, 11:19 PM   #2
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Well he didn't make it... The little guy has passed. I know the store has a policy so I'll be making a trip back there tomorrow morning.
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Old 10-23-2011, 01:06 PM   #3
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You said you got it from petsmart/petco. That might be it. I bought four ghost shrimp from petco to breed for food. They all died in 4 days. I would just avoid them if I were you.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:33 PM   #4
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Ok will do. Thanks.
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Old 10-23-2011, 04:41 PM   #5
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What was your water quality?
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Old 10-23-2011, 07:36 PM   #6
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Water is good. No2 No3 both 0, pH 6.8 and ammonia 0. Temp is 76.

Floated it and slowly added my tank water to the bag. Then when bag was almost full I put the fish into a little tank for like frogs with my tank water let it sit for a few and added some stress coat then introduced the fish to my tank.

It was acting weird, had glazed eyes almost foggy looking. Using only 1 fin it started to kinda float in place and bumping into things then when it did swim it hit the tank or decor like it was blind. Took it right out, put it back in the small tank and it died shortly after.

Oh and the stress coat I only added very very little into the small tank.
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Are you sure you have zero NO3? Did you do the test correctly?
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Yes 0ppm on all three and pH is 6.8. Temp is 76.
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Yes 0ppm on all three and pH is 6.8. Temp is 76.
You should keep a close eye on your water parameters. You should have some NO3 since you already have a fish in your tank. Did you cycle your tank.\?
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Something isn't right. Tested this morning before work. 6am.

Nitrite 1.0 ppm
pH 6.6
Ammonia 2.0 ppm
Nitrate 20 ppm

And no I didn't cycle. I'm a newbie and listened to the LPS and set the tank up for 24 hours and then added my fish. Been reading the threads on here to help me along.

So far I took decor and bio wheel from my old tank which was fine and had for months. Also been working close with the LFS who has accounts all over Westchester for saltwater and freshwater. Nice guy and he's been helping try and keep the tank stable as can be.

After I test I have to call him and let him know all the readings. He even gave me his cell number incase something happens. I guess that's the perk of being the fire chief in the town.

I know now what I did wrong and I know for future tanks and setups, but he's telling me to just relax and keep and eye on things everyday and water changes daily. So today I'll be doing another one. I don't mind it's all part of the hobby and we all learn from mistakes we make in life. I chalk this one up to being inexperienced and not researching something that's not like me.

I listened to the girl at the LPS, little did I know.

Hopefully I'll get through this and my fish will be fine. The guy from FS said only thing in my favor is I have convicts. He said there very hardy fish so they should survive this as long as I do my water changes he also said don't be surprised of I have to do 2 a day which I'm also willing to do. Again this is a learning experience for me and after this I'll more knowledge and hopefully be able to help someone else one day.

Oh he also said to start testing twice a day. Morning and evening and to cut back on feeding.

So that's my story...
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