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    Question Lost a rainbow - 2 more doing same thing

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    On 3/6 I noticed one of my original male neon dwarf rainbows at the top of the tank, breathing hard at the surface. Within 24 hrs he was dead. No marks, bumps, red gills, scales all nice and flat against the body, color good. Here is a video of what he was doing:

    I now have 2 more rainbows (both females) doing the same thing. They look the same as always. It is only the rainbows who are having a problem, all the other fish are fine. Water is 0/0/10 pH 7.0 – 7.2, temp 77.2, GH 4. As I use RO/DI water, the parameters are consistent from week to week. Just did a 40% water change yesterday and cleaned the left side filter.

    I thought maybe these were older fish when I bought them. They have been very healthy, very active and with good appetites – until now. Again, it is only the rainbows who are having trouble.

    After 3 months, could this be from cycling my tank back on 12/19 with the rainbows and the Tetra Safe Start? If that's the case, I will be very sad as I love my rainbows. I cycled that way at the urging of my LFS guy (don't yell too loudly at me). If this is the reason, I will have a talk with him, as the rainbows are not an inexpensive fish and I really like them. I will be very upset if I lose any more of them. The shop owner told me she would never have recommended the rainbows for cycling, as they are expensive.

    Your opinions would be greatly appreciated.
    Last edited by gronlaura; 03-18-2013 at 11:02 PM.
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