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Old 01-28-2015, 12:11 PM   #1
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Thumbs down The joys of children... and fish.

Picked up some neon tetras to do some fish-in cycling..
2 died by the next morning and had a fuzz around them
Then another died. I had them sitting in a baggie to get the receipt to take them back and get new ones.
I walk past my tank, and I see brown stuff in the baggie.. THEYRE SMUSHED!!!
My 3yr old whacked them with his play hammer..

There goes 3 free fish.
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Old 01-28-2015, 12:18 PM   #2
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That is sad to hear :-( There are much hardier fish to start a tank with. ....Neon Tetras, from all I've read, are fragile and not recommended until the tank is more well established.

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Old 01-28-2015, 12:23 PM   #3
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I heard danios are good to cycle with


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Might have a slight obsession with my fish
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Old 01-28-2015, 02:11 PM   #4
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Guppies and Tetra SafeStart

I cycled with 4 guppies and with the use of Tetra SafeStart, and all fish made it to the end of the cycle and are healthy as ever now. I've read some reviews stating that TSS did not work for them, but it seemed to do the job for me.

Follow the instructions if using TSS - add the entire bottle, and wait 2 weeks before doing a WC.
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Old 01-28-2015, 02:17 PM   #5
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Neons are probably the worst fish to cycle with. They are way to fragile. What size tank and we can help you decided on better stock.
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Old 01-28-2015, 02:39 PM   #6
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Do your research before adding fish. Tank should be cycled first if you care about the health of your fish.. I don't get why they even developed a system of taking back dead fish to replace them! In 99% there is something wrong with the water, not with the fish being sick. In my opinion they encourage people to not give a **** about their animals trough this system..
And yes, I do find this quite upsetting. But anyways do your research.. As stated if you do decide on a fish-in cycle, get some hardier species like danios


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Old 01-28-2015, 03:00 PM   #7
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I cycled one of my 10 gal tanks with TSS and 6 neon tetras last june with no problems and no loss of life. The tank was designed for them, black water, They are still happy and healthy and now there are some embers and glow light tetras plus the original 6 neons. Alison
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Old 01-28-2015, 03:04 PM   #8
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This whole post is disturbing. I don't usually voice my opinions when I have nothing nice to say but this is awful. Your carefree attitude of "oh well there goes 3 free fish" is appalling and on top of it who lets their kids smash live animals to death you wouldn't be so carefree if they were kittens in that bag. I'm so over people not treating fish lives as equal to any other animal.

I guess that's just the vegan in me, but geesh. If you are going to own lives be responsible. Please. I'm not entirely sure why you would think to post this on such a fish advocate support group.

Sorry if I sound harsh but some people need a wake up call. I get that in this hobby mistakes are made and fish die or get sick, but to have them literally smashed for no reason is quite different.
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I think I misread ... Were the fish already dead? If so I'm totally out of line and you can ignore my rant ...
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Ya my apologies. They were indeed dead. For some reason I misread and though my they were the new ones in the bag then my blinded anger just took over. My bad opps!
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