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post #11 of 13 Old 09-23-2012, 04:08 PM Thread Starter
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I haven't ruled that out Byron, however it just seemed. Unlikely due tithe fact I figured a chemical in the tank would have killed everyone due to the fact no fish had a resistance to it.

However as far as over feeding I know the ammonia should have been converted without issue I think it was just insane how much food was in the tank and substrate... I should have taken pictures of the water change buckets. The white fuZz was only on the old red food which was on some of the plants... The decor was merely a thin layer or algae upon cleaning and inspection... So whatever it was ... Bacteria or fungus it was only on the old flakes that were now mush.

I'm just glad we re homed two of our family members before they succumbed to this... The rest of the fish are still normal... My angel is scaring me... He used to be one of the most active fish in the tank... And was the "pig" he would allow hand feeding and go crazy tryin to grab up every shrimp wor or flake that came in his vicinity... Since the incident he has had to be hand fed or Baster fed to want to eat and he stays in his corner aside from making his rounds every now a then... He use to be one of the tetras schooling with them and playing in the current... Maybe it was the loss of his tetra friends making go act this way.. As his breathing and color seems normal
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post #12 of 13 Old 09-23-2012, 06:27 PM
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I haven't ruled that out Byron, however it just seemed. Unlikely due tithe fact I figured a chemical in the tank would have killed everyone due to the fact no fish had a resistance to it.
This is logical, but different fish can sometimes withstand different issues. Characins for instance are very highly sensitive to any chemical substance [I believe this is detailed in the general intro to the characins in the profile] so one would naturally expect them to succumb.

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However as far as over feeding I know the ammonia should have been converted without issue I think it was just insane how much food was in the tank and substrate... I should have taken pictures of the water change buckets. The white fuZz was only on the old red food which was on some of the plants... The decor was merely a thin layer or algae upon cleaning and inspection... So whatever it was ... Bacteria or fungus it was only on the old flakes that were now mush.
The white fuzz on food particles is fungus, not much doubt about that. I will see it if food goes uneaten, though with all my snails this never occurs now, but before I had them i did see it a couple times in tanks without substrate fish that also tend to get this--though not always. It is basically harmless, although the more there is the more it points out a problem. But on its own this would not kill off fish.

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I'm just glad we re homed two of our family members before they succumbed to this... The rest of the fish are still normal... My angel is scaring me... He used to be one of the most active fish in the tank... And was the "pig" he would allow hand feeding and go crazy tryin to grab up every shrimp wor or flake that came in his vicinity... Since the incident he has had to be hand fed or Baster fed to want to eat and he stays in his corner aside from making his rounds every now a then... He use to be one of the tetras schooling with them and playing in the current... Maybe it was the loss of his tetra friends making go act this way.. As his breathing and color seems normal
This may be his reaction to the problem.

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Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #13 of 13 Old 09-23-2012, 06:43 PM Thread Starter
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I greatly appreciate all the input and knowledge from everyone. I guess there is no real way to know if it was the cleaner or ammonia... She said ammonia was around 5 or 6 for two or three days straight and she couldn't get it down with changes so she added prime every 24 hours after water changes. However the day they passed she said ammonia was at 0.25 and 0 after the water change and they were alive before she went to class.... Carpet cleaner came while she was at class... Two died... Went to work and came home and the rest were dead.

Thanks so much for all the input and comments everyone
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