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Old 03-04-2012, 11:27 AM   #21
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Well from what I know you are cycling your filter actually
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:33 AM   #22
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Well from what I know you are cycling your filter actually
Hi James,
I am thinking of sterilizing everything if the last fish die, so I would end up starting the cycle new. I did a fish less cycle and my ammonia spiked during that, but it didn't go up at all when I added the fish. So, I don't think it is cycling again. I have been testing it a lot. Because I can't identify what is killing my fish, I am afraid that whatever it is will stay in the tank and kill any new ones.
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Old 03-04-2012, 11:49 AM   #23
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I understand sorry about your fishys have you checked your tap water and I check my tank in the morning and night and keep a log that way I know if its a disease or my water it gets frustrating I lost a few to but my water was perfect maybe between the two of us we can help save our buddies
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Sorry about your fish. It sounds like bad stock to me. To be safe you could do a larger water change and check your dechlorinator: make sure it says it detoxifies chlorine, chloramines and heavy metals. You might also want to try a different test kit (API?) just to make sure yours is accurate. I wonder if it could be a swim bladder issue with the Cory? I'm sorry he passed, though. You might want to try fastng the fish for a day or two and feeding them a thawed, deshelled frozen pea. Then cut down the feedings to once per day. Soem fish naturally have pinkish coloring around the gills; my Panda corys have them (before I figured it out I was testing water like a madwoman and trying to figure out what the heck was going on lol) and so do my yellow rainbows. Sorry about your fish, I hope they get better.
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:16 PM   #25
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Ya I agree I'm doing 50% in the morning and 50% at night testing twice with API using aqueon conditioner but my tap water has. .50 ppm ammonia in it sucks
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Old 03-04-2012, 12:21 PM   #26
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I need help with my tap water issue don't want my kiddies to die or be unhappy
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:23 PM   #27
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I need help with my tap water issue don't want my kiddies to die or be unhappy
Have you got a thread posted on here about your tap water? Maybe you could provide a link in your message and we can see each other's threads more easily! How long has the tap water issue been going on for you?
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:34 PM   #28
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Since day one in my old ten gallon and I'm doing all of this with my phone so not sure on your request but any help would be appreciated. I checked my water conditioner and it is supposed to remove all and I have a call into them but of course they are closed. I even have a huge tub I put my water in and bought a extra heater to put in it while I let the conditioner take effect. I need to get it under control before my new fishys get here thanks in advance
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Old 03-04-2012, 03:35 PM   #29
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O and I have a 55 now and only shrimp in the 10
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Hi James,
I am thinking of sterilizing everything if the last fish die, so I would end up starting the cycle new. I did a fish less cycle and my ammonia spiked during that, but it didn't go up at all when I added the fish. So, I don't think it is cycling again. I have been testing it a lot. Because I can't identify what is killing my fish, I am afraid that whatever it is will stay in the tank and kill any new ones.
I still vote bad stock as the culprit. You didn't have them for that long and all your tests have been good and you have been dutiful about water changes.
I know this is isn't the most comforting, but sometimes this stuff juts happens, especially with new fish.
It sounds like you are doing all the right things, so try not to get too discouraged. Like jetajockey said, fish can show symptoms after the fact, so your fish may have been in a bad environment earlier in their life before they made it into your tank.
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Ya everytime I go there I have to tell them you have dead fish in your tanks. Just like when I bought bolt he is a electric yellow cichlid there was a dead one on the bottom and alot of them was eating it. I'm not going to give up I love my fish and want them to have the best of everything and best environment. I might have to get that prime water conditioner. I'm going to take pics and start a new thread my last pics sucked lol
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I still vote bad stock as the culprit. You didn't have them for that long and all your tests have been good and you have been dutiful about water changes.
I know this is isn't the most comforting, but sometimes this stuff juts happens, especially with new fish.
It sounds like you are doing all the right things, so try not to get too discouraged. Like jetajockey said, fish can show symptoms after the fact, so your fish may have been in a bad environment earlier in their life before they made it into your tank.
Would bad stock have also affected the tetras who were already present?

I am eyeing up a 30 gallon tank on a community website. They are only asking $100 for everything but the stand. It's very nice looking.... Way nicer than my 20 gallon. Could be a way to make a change. I could switch over to the 30 and start fresh. Oh dear... It is awfully tempting. People warned me that tanks are addictive and even though I am struggling with mine, I still want more.
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Since day one in my old ten gallon and I'm doing all of this with my phone so not sure on your request but any help would be appreciated. I checked my water conditioner and it is supposed to remove all and I have a call into them but of course they are closed. I even have a huge tub I put my water in and bought a extra heater to put in it while I let the conditioner take effect. I need to get it under control before my new fishys get here thanks in advance
What I mean by a new thread is that your posts about your ten gallon are coming up in my ammonia thread on the aquarium community. Other people might not think to look at the thread unless that are specifically looking at the ammonia topic. You might want to start a new thread on your mystery water problems in order to try to find more experts who can offer advice. I would try to help, but I am still too new at having an aquarium to work out what is wrong with mine, let alone what's going on with yours! On the one hand, we may have similar problems, but on the other hand, it could be something completely different. If you do a new thread, explaining exactly what is going on with your tank, and answering all the usual questions like how long has it been running, what kind of filter are you using, etc, you might get more useful assistance. All I can do is commiserate with you about how frustrating it is. :S

I do hope that we both solve our problems. I am waiting see see what's going on with my three neons and I am thinking about picking up a different tank if I can score the beautiful one I found on-line. I may then try scrubbing things out and starting fresh.

On the positive side, my neons are more active today.

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Would bad stock have also affected the tetras who were already present?

I am eyeing up a 30 gallon tank on a community website. They are only asking $100 for everything but the stand. It's very nice looking.... Way nicer than my 20 gallon. Could be a way to make a change. I could switch over to the 30 and start fresh. Oh dear... It is awfully tempting. People warned me that tanks are addictive and even though I am struggling with mine, I still want more.
Sorry, I think I got my threads confused for a second, I forgot that you said the neons you had for longer started to show symptoms at the same time. If your cories introduced something into the tank, then it would affect the existing inhabitants as well. Its also possible that if you got all the fish from the same place that its just a coincidence.
Are your neons doing any better btw?
I do still think that the best thing for right now is to just be really dutiful about pwc and hope for the best. For the future, if you wanted to upgrade tanks, you could then use your current tank as a quarantine tank.
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Ya all my other fish are doing great and I added two bubbliers they seem to love that and it looks cool and all this is about my 55 gallon my ten only has shrimp but still doing all the same to it as well and that's good to hear about your fishys
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