My tank has been going wonderful for several weeks. but over the last 2 days I ahve had 6 fish die. To explain, the LFS
gave me some floating plant and a female betta from their personal collection to breed on Wednesday. Honestly she was as old as the hills LOL
They are trying to breed with 12 months old bettas and wondering why they aren't getting any results *duh!* I didn't have the heart to tell the girl then and there.. she was so excited that one of her fish "might" spawn, I was just going to toss her in the tank and give them some of my other fry (when it all happens again of course hehe) At the same time I purchased a peppered catfish and a purple (gorgeous!) male betta.
Wed night the catfish was doing weird things.. he was sleeping on his back.. I thought he was dead at first but when I put the net in the tank he would swim away like normal. thursday morning he was dead! On further investigation of my tank so was the female tetra the LFS
gave me. I put her down to old age, had no idea on the catfish
Thursday I went to another LFS
in another town... purchased a bewdiful yellow bodied female betta with purple fins and a marbled cream and turquoise male. Everything looked fine and dandy until I noticed that the "soft colour" spot on the purple I purchased the day before was actually spreading over his body. It didn't look like fungus... more like well... as though it was an oil spot.. you know the way oil would discolour things.. it looked just like that! So I isolated him. He seemed to be swimming OK and didn't look stressed.. anyways in case it was a fungus I put a little sea salt in with him. half an hour later I noticed my red female betta was swimming badly. She was looking half dead to be honest with you. So I isolated her. Looking closely at her I noticed she had a similar discolouration at her tail fin
I put a bit of salt in with her. Now I know she was disease free prior to this as she has been with me since day 1 and a really good spawning partner
. So you can imagine my suprise when this morning I wake to both the isolated bettas dead, as well as a neon tetra and my gorgeous gourami!!
I have no idea what is going on?!?!?! I have checked my other fish vilgently and non of them seem to ahve any discolouration. There area no white sports anywhere to suggest ick I am totally stumped!! My tank has cycles, I do water changes and testings weekly and vaccumm the gravel every 3-4 weeks. Anyways I have also removed the floating weed as both the gourami and the tetra were sitting in it when they died so I am wondering if they got stuck in it and drowned?? It is a pretty thick weed, I haven't seen it before... have I been stupid to trust the LFS
??? The problem being the local fish breeders have split up and now going their separate ways and I have no one here to contact about my fish except for the LFS
Heeelp... is there anything more I should be doing??? I suspect my turquoise male now of possibly having this thing as some of his tail fin is starting to fade.. i ahve never seen anything like this just make the fish colour fade like this.. and it seems to happen sooo quickly!!! (oh the gourami had no colour "bleached" but the tetra was as white as he could be