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View Poll Results: If I had a 220 Gallon Aquarium, I would stock....
Cichlids. Duh. 34 30.36%
It would be Saltwater. That's how I roll. 11 9.82%
Bala Sharks 14 12.50%
Tinfoil Barbs 6 5.36%
1 Male Betta 6 5.36%
100 Neon Tetras 23 20.54%
Rainbowfish 13 11.61%
Goldfish 4 3.57%
Other - Please elaborate in a comment in the thread. 22 19.64%
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post #521 of 1118 Old 11-14-2012, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
Nope. The clowns all died first, then the Balas started dying. The Balas started dying one day after ick spots first appeared.

I REALLY hope the large Congos don't get sick.


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post #522 of 1118 Old 11-14-2012, 12:43 PM
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I am no expert on fish disease or treatments, far from it, but one thing I have learned the hard way--by losing half a tank of rare fish--is to be very careful with medications. Regardless of what any manufacturer tells you, be they Seachem or API or Kordon, whomever, not all fish can tolerate these medications.

I've forgotten the specific product you (Matt) mentioned, but I recall I had misgivings with the loaches.

And I would suggest that it is more likely to be the treatment rather than ich that is causing the fish deaths now. Ich has to be very bad before fish will die so soon from it. When I have lost fish to ich, they have literally been covered with spots.

Ich is always present in our tanks, always. It breaks out when the fish become stressed. Normally, they can fight it off. Adding any medication to a tank is stressful, another reason why one has to be very careful with treatments.

If I were in this situation, I would do a major water change using warmer water, and get the temp up to 85F.

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post #523 of 1118 Old 11-14-2012, 02:30 PM Thread Starter
Just got back from LFS and the copper in my water is .25 ppm which is what the medication manufacturer recommends. So the carbon isn't a active and killing my meds.

I was worried about the meds killing the fish. I was told to watch for signs the fish were in distress, having trouble swimming, listing to one side, etc. The Balas seemed perfectly normal until they were dead.

I thought maybe the problem was when I tested the water yesterday the copper was only at .125 ppm which is half of what the company recommends, so I added another dose to bring it up to .25

Perhaps that is what killed my Balas, adding the meds. Or maybe they died because they were UNDER medicated so the ick wasn't being killed?

My water temp is at 80 F right now. I will continue to raise it and will do a water change.

My water parameters were perfect, 0 ammonia and nitrites and 5 nitrates, which is where I try to keep my tanks. Unfortunately that is little consolation when my fish are dying left and right. Time to go and do a head count.


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I am so sorry Canadien. Don't give up on the tank. Buy an API liquid water test kit, buy any other liquids not covered in the master kit (not many) and post the results. Someone here might be able to help.
I don't know if moving the fish back to a smaller 'hospital' tank would do well at this point, just more stress.
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Me and the boy got sucked into watching gif bin. So he had to take a running step jump off scooby doo's head and jump on to the roof of his house. Monkey see monkey do.
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Did he hurt himself? Your little guy? omg

Don't let Matt post any more.... has to be you to get your totals. Sorry you got caught in that. Gotta get your posts. Go comment on Matt's thread.
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Did he hurt himself? Your little guy? omg

Don't let Matt post any more.... has to be you to get your totals. Sorry you got caught in that. Gotta get your posts. Go comment on Matt's thread.
Naw, he never hurt himself. He's tough as nails.

Saw some ick spots on some of the Black Skirts today. Nothing on the Congos yet.


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