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Old 05-30-2014, 05:15 AM   #11
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The best thing you can do when leaving someone in charge of your tank whilst your away is get 7 sandwich bags and put the amount of food for one feed in each per day.

I think the person you left looking after the tank has overfed the fish (this is very easy to do if you don't own fish) this would explain the excessive nitrates. There will have been a small ammonia spike which may have damaged the fishes gills and explain the slow sporadic deaths.

The second possibility but following on from the overfeeding is a drastic decline in water cleanliness couple the with a stressed fish leads to all kinds of possible disease.

Red round the mouth area definitely sounds like ammonia burn.
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Thanks for the advice, I will definitely do that from this point forward when we leave town! We have started the Metronidazole food and are hoping that the deaths stop. Down to one Panda Cory now.
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I'm sorry this is happening to you. I once had a 3 year old colony of kribensis that I left to the care of neighbors for 6 days and I get a call on day 2 that they all died. Neighbors claim that all they did was give a pinch of food like I instructed. I should have just let the fish starve for 6 days. Better chances of survival...

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Cory like soft water.
Your pH looks real high.
That could be the cause, have you got a GH/Kh test kit?

How hot is your tank? Cool water 20-25C.
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Check this,
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