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  1. #1

    Unhappy Massive die off, recovery and time to restock.


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    About a week ago I did something stupid. While doing the 50% water change on my tank I added the prime, then set the bottle prime on the back of the tank lid, behind the light. Here's the stupid part. For some reason I didn't put the lid back on the prime. I don't know if I was just in a hurry or absent minded or what.
    The next day I woke up a little later than I planned and rushed straight to work without looking at the tank at all. That night when I got home the lights were on and I immediately noticed several dead neons in the tank. It was only when I got closer that I realized that my sweet cat Charlie had knocked the bottle of prime over and the entire thing had dumped in my tank where the filter is in the back. I know that prime is only safe up to like 5 times the normal dose so I'm confident that's what killed my precious fish. At the time I had 12 neons in the tank and I lost 6 of them. I'm so dumb.
    Anyway, after that happened I immediately did a 100% water change and rinsed the filter media in tank water. The remaining neons seemed to perk up and take to the new water right away. The next day I did a 50% water change for good measure.
    I didn't know if that could have possibly disrupted my cycle so I've been testing my water parameters every day and they are normal at 0 Ammonia, 0 Nitrites and 0-10 nitrates. I think now that it has been a week I'm in the clear to start putting some new fish back in. Do you guys agree?

    Also, while I'm already thinking about restocking, what are your opinions about putting a dwarf gourami in a ten gallon with a school of neons? I have always liked them. I have read that they can be kept in small tanks, but I don't know if a ten gallon is too small, especially considering that it already has neons in it. With appropriate filtration and w/c schedule, is there any type of centerpiece fish that could go in a ten gallon with my neons? If not, I understand it's a small tank and maybe best as a single species neon tank.

    As a reminder, here is my setup. Ten gallon with an AC 30 HOB filter and live plants. My PH is always steady at 8.0 so it's pretty high and my temp is 78.

    Thanks friends!
    ~Manna
    10 gallon live planted aquarium with 6 neons
    90 gallon fw community in progress

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    I might opt for a paradise fish instead of a gourami in this situation... But a dwarf COULD go in there with appropriate filtration and stocking. They stay small and should leave the neons alone. Just be sure to watch for aggression.
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
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    paradise fish are gorgeous. I just checked their profile and read that they can get up to 4 inches and they rec a min 25 gallon tank. So I checked another profile and it said min 10 gal and the fish gets to 2 1/2 inches. So are we dealing with 2 types of paradise fish here? Now I'm really curious.

    If it turns out that a paradise fish won't work, IMO, a dw gourami would work just fine.

    Sorry about your mishap. I live in fear of forgetting to dose with Prime ... had never thought of an over dose. :o(
    Last edited by fishmommie; 02-05-2013 at 06:59 PM.
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
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    I have seen them get no bigger than 3in on a general avg.. but just like with all things, there are big buggers out there! I think its the same fish... here is who im talking about: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fish/paradisefish.php
    FW: 1 45gal, 1 40gal, 3 10gal, 3 30gal all community tanks of different species
    Sw: 1 55gal, 1 30gal show, 1 29gal show, 1 20gal and 2 10's

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandz View Post
    I have seen them get no bigger than 3in on a general avg.. but just like with all things, there are big buggers out there! I think its the same fish... here is who im talking about: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fish/paradisefish.php
    Thanks! great info - and right here on the forum :o)
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
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    So just looking at the picture on the AC species profile, I wasn't super jazzed about the look of the paradise fish. Then I went and googled it and there are a lot of them that are really nice looking. I actually prefer their body shape and finnage to the dwarf gouramis.
    I will say that it makes me nervous to have a potentially 3 inch fish in a ten gallon. Is that enough room for them as an adult?
    I'm gonna hang in here for a couple more opinions on this.
    I also forgot to mention that my tank has about 7 small red cherry shrimp in it. Would these larger fish eat them? If so I don't know if I would want to go that route because I do love the splash of color they add to the plants.
    ~Manna
    10 gallon live planted aquarium with 6 neons
    90 gallon fw community in progress

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