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  1. jsoong
    04-26-2009 09:50 PM
    jsoong
    Ken,
    I am not a tropical expert by any means ... I am more a goldfish person ... so take this with some grains of salt!
    Snails (apple?) have a lifespan of 1-2 years depending on water temp. Neons can live 5+ years, but they are fairly finicky (a/c my sister inlaw) and don't live nearly that long. <Some sites says average lifespan is 1.5 years.>
    Your basic water parameters appears fine. If you are losing a fish every few weeks, it is likely to be from natural causes. Dropsy is just a non-specific sign of end-stage organ failure, as likely from old age as from an infection.
    I don't think your losses are bacterial unless they are in clusters. One exception would be fish tb or internal parasites. <At least among goldies. Serious goldies keepers will do autopsies on their fish to look for this to decide on how to treat the rest of the fish.> If the rest of your fish are happy & appears healthy & growing, my tendency would be to just watch. <I hate to treat blindly with meds.>
    John


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