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post #1 of 9 Old 09-12-2011, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Question New Aquarium. New Fungus!!!! HELP

I set up a new 36 gallon tank last week. Filled with bottled drinking water, conditioned added plants and two driftwood. I have been testing water everyday. PH is 6.8 soft water everything is perfect! Until I see fungus growing on one of my fish then I see fungus circulating in the tank! My three corys are still ok, no spots on them, but two of my rio tetras have spots. I moved the rio tetras into a small gallon tank and treated the water and also treated water in aquarium. What else can I do. Should I remove the corys before they catch it, or let the treatment work its course? Why does the water test perfect but I now have fungus? Confused - agravated - upset Im loosing fish!!!!

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Lucy, Laverne, Lilly (spotted corys)
The Rios (5 von rio tetras)
The Red Eye (3 red eye tetras)
Raphael (raphael catfish)
Sky (Neon dwarf Gourami)
Norman (powder blue dwarf Gourami)
Red (Fire- Red dwarf Gourami)
Alive (ghost shrimp)
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post #2 of 9 Old 09-12-2011, 07:16 PM
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Can you post a clear photo of this "fungus"? Did you have the fish already in another tank, or are they new?

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It's just my opinion, but I believe that a fungus problem in a fairly new setup can be fairly common. I had a fungus problem with my black mollies when my 60g setup was 'fresh'. The other fish (Platy's and neon tetras) were fine. I think there's a lot going on in water chemistry on the 'road to the established tank' as all sorts of bacteria and fungi develop and stabilize. I 'cured' my mollies in a hospital tank, only to see them have fungus signs again not long after I moved them back to the main tank.

You've already treated the victims and the tank. Continue with your water changes (I'd do 50% twice weekly for now), using a good conditioner, and be patient. Resist any urge to add more medication to the main tank - it has other negatives. Treat severe patients in a hospital tank.

Now if/when I see any signs of fungus, I wait and let nature have a chance for a cure.

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Hi. Two tetras have died due to fungus. I have three alive no fungus on the third day of treatment. Should i put them back in tank? Or leave the 5 days in diff small tank with no filter.
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Not sure how to answer, as I don't know what this "fungus" is. There are dozens of species of fungus. I've never known any to float around the tank though. And i would wonder how so many fish could so quickly have fungus.

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Not sure how to answer, as I don't know what this "fungus" is. There are dozens of species of fungus. I've never known any to float around the tank though. And i would wonder how so many fish could so quickly have fungus.
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post #7 of 9 Old 09-13-2011, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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The water is perfect conditions. There is a white cotton stuff floating around maybe three small particles. I have read on this non stop. The tetras end up with a white cotton on the either side or back of body.
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post #8 of 9 Old 09-13-2011, 10:04 PM
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Have you been over feeding by any chance?
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post #9 of 9 Old 09-14-2011, 10:04 AM Thread Starter
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Everything seems to be normal now

So the three tetras still have no fungus. I put them back in the tank early this morning. The corys are doing very well too...even growing :) I hope this is all the trouble I see. I will post a pic so you can see the particles and what the fish looked like with the "stuff" on it. I appreciate everyones help! Thanks again!

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36 Gallon Bowfront
Lucy, Laverne, Lilly (spotted corys)
The Rios (5 von rio tetras)
The Red Eye (3 red eye tetras)
Raphael (raphael catfish)
Sky (Neon dwarf Gourami)
Norman (powder blue dwarf Gourami)
Red (Fire- Red dwarf Gourami)
Alive (ghost shrimp)
Rambo (bamboo shrimp)
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