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Thread: Guppies Dying!

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    Sorry you lost all the guppies :( You may have transferred enough bacteria with fish. Is this tank planted?

    Your otos are all ok still, and gourami has a red mark on his face? Are you still doing salt baths?
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    My ten gallon filter didn't have a bio-wheel or anything, just the filter cartridges which you have to replace. Also, the filter was only made for a ten gallon tank. I got on Amazon and bought a larger filter with both a bio-wheel and cartridge filter. The tank is planted with anubias nana. Most of the anubias nana plants are plants that I grew in my ten gallon tank, but I did go to the store and buy a new one.
    All the otos are sucking the driftwood and algae, and none of them are acting lethargic. However, one oto has had one blind eye since early spring. I recently noticed that the eye was popping out more than it should. I read that since otos are sensitive, salt baths are bad for them. I thought that since he had the eye for a while, and since the guppies were only dying recently, this wasn't connected.
    The gourami still has a red mark on his face. I stopped doing salt baths because while they made the swelling and redness decrease, they didn't make it go away completely. Should I start doing salt baths again and try to do them for a longer period of time?

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    Actually a picture would help a lot here. Just a snap with your phone makes it easier to know what we're dealing with.

    Is the driftwood new or from the 10g?

    The eye, i'm not sure. I would think if it was infected, it would have caused another problem by now. How long has he had the swollen eye? Did he have it when you got him? I agree, not necessarily connected with the red mark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishyNewbie View Post
    My ten gallon filter didn't have a bio-wheel or anything, just the filter cartridges which you have to replace. Also, the filter was only made for a ten gallon tank. I got on Amazon and bought a larger filter with both a bio-wheel and cartridge filter. The tank is planted with anubias nana. Most of the anubias nana plants are plants that I grew in my ten gallon tank, but I did go to the store and buy a new one.
    All the otos are sucking the driftwood and algae, and none of them are acting lethargic. However, one oto has had one blind eye since early spring. I recently noticed that the eye was popping out more than it should. I read that since otos are sensitive, salt baths are bad for them. I thought that since he had the eye for a while, and since the guppies were only dying recently, this wasn't connected.
    The gourami still has a red mark on his face. I stopped doing salt baths because while they made the swelling and redness decrease, they didn't make it go away completely. Should I start doing salt baths again and try to do them for a longer period of time?
    You could have removed the sponge from the cartridges and placed them in the new filter, this would have transferred BB to the new filter

    Using the liquid test kit, what are your current readings for ammonia, nitrIte, and nitrAte?
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    Ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are all zero. Moving the sponge would have been a good idea. Too bad that my old tank is all dry now. The driftwood was not in the ten gallon tank. I found it on the beach and boiled it all for several hours. I am sorry that the pictures are blurry and large. I can't figure out how to get them smaller. The oto has had a black eye for a really long time (almost since I got him a couple of months ago). I just assumed that it was blind from an injury or something. I just now realized that it is really swollen.
    Thanks!
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    Very nice tank! I seriously really like your scape. That driftwood piece is impressive and I like the raised slope behind the driftwood on the left side. I can see a little garden there, it's perfect for heavy root feeding plants. Anubias looks really good.

    Just curious, how much gravel did you transfer from the 10g? Did you use any bacterial supplements? Yeah, unfortunately (well it's being debated) nitrifying bacteria dies when it dries out.
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    I transferred a few cups of gravel right from the ten gallon. It was still wet when I put it in the twenty gallon. I then filled the twenty gallon up with water and added the fish. I started using bacterial supplements, but then I ran out and decided that it wasn't worth my time to go to the pet store and buy more since it there was already some bacteria in the tank.

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    Hi. I'm a little late to the thread, but it's been almost a month, you should be seeing some nitrites and nitrates by now.
    Is your tap water chlorinated? Are you using Prime at all? How much water are you actually changing?
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    My tap water is chlorinated, so I use a de-chlorinating conditioner. I am not using any Prime. I was changing the water twice a week, 25% each time. After the guppies died, I started changing the water once a week, 25% each time. Sometimes I wait even longer than a week, but only when the tests for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate all read 0ppm. Thanks!!

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    When you clean your filter, do you do it in running tap water?

    With only a few fish creating ammonia in that size tank, it likely will take twice as long to cycle it.

    And I forgot to mention, I agree with a post above - very nicely scaped tank!
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