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04-19-2013, 06:21 PM #21
That is a shame and I am sorry to hear you and your fish are going through this. I have never had any problems with neons and I have liquid rock for water with a pH of 7.8, not much different than yours. The only time I ever saw any of mine stressed is the one time I drip acclimated them, never before, now I just match temps and drop them in, no more problems, even when I add dechor to the tank first and then add the water directly to the tank from the tap. My point in telling you this is it's a good possibility you did get a sick bunch of fish,it does happen from time to time. Or sometimes neons can handle your water and sometimes they can't, don't beat yourself up over it.
What sort of fish are you looking for, more small ones like the neons? If yes, then look at glowlight tetra, they are similar is size. I would suggest you wait to add fish and make sure those neons didn't bring in some nasties. It might be better to return what you have left and dose the tank with ammonia for a while.
Last edited by mommy1; 04-19-2013 at 06:24 PM.When I go fishing I just place a sharp rock in the water and sit there waiting for all the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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04-19-2013, 08:51 PM #22
They must have something indeed. I now have one that has developed what appears to be pop eye in one eye. Tested the water params again and all are good just the elevated pH but it is stable at 8.0. Still waiting for a call from the store on the return.
Hey on a positive note it appears that my Anubia in my 55g is going to flower
04-19-2013, 09:35 PM #23
Very odd, Mike. I'm really sorry to hear you've lost so many and are having to deal with this. I can sympathize, as it looks like you're experiencing almost exactly what I experienced with my Black Phantoms and Serpae Tetras (the first fish I added to my newly cycled tank). I have no idea what it was/is, but I've tried everything to save my fish... Like I mentioned in another thread, I'm now left with one lonely Black Phantom and I'm still battling this disease (whatever it is) with my Serpae Tetras... and it's been nearly 7 months (ridiculous).
I've come to the conclusion that it's either Columnaris, Neon Tetra Disease or simply bad stock through inbreeding. All of these fish were purchased from Pet Smart... but there are other fish in my tank that display no signs of disease at all. The fish infected have all displayed different secondary infections along the way, such as popeye, loss of color, listless behavior, lack of appetite, grayish patches on their skin, etc.
I've treated for a variety of things along the way in QT tanks and more recently the main tank - since I want to clear everything out. I've even resorted to purchasing a UV sterilizer to attempt to kill any parasites/bacteria floating around in the water.
Anyway, I'm mentioning all of this, because I believe your Cardinals have contracted the same disease, somewhere along the way... Maybe it's the over-dosing of steroids and antibiotics they undergo at these fish farms, where they're raised... too much inbreeding... I don't know. All I know is that it's frustrating as hell.
Currently, I've treated Melafix and Pimafix to no avail... I'm now attempting Maracyn 2. Could be what saves the rest of them. We'll see.