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post #11 of 20 Old 06-08-2013, 03:42 PM Thread Starter
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No other fish. Tank is 38g. I'll reduce the temperature. I acclimated them by floating the bag for 20min and then added a bit of tank water. I kept doing this for about 45min. After that, I drained the LFS water and added the tetras to the tank.

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No other fish. Tank is 38g. I'll reduce the temperature. I acclimated them by floating the bag for 20min and then added a bit of tank water. I kept doing this for about 45min. After that, I drained the LFS water and added the tetras to the tank.
Lower the temperature to no higher than 77F; depending upon what other fish you may be intending and their temp needs, down to 75F would be fine for the neons.

Acclimatization sounds OK. I suppose there is no way to assess if the store water was significantly different from your tank water with respect to GH and pH?

It is always possible the fish are not healthy, this does happen. Or they can be severely injured during netting in the store, or severely stressed during transport, and all this stress causes internal problems that some fish just can't overcome.

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There is now a 5th fish dying. He had a gasping issue, and his gill is swollen. The guy at the LFS (knowledgeable btw) thought it might be gill flukes, but this is the only tetra with this gill issue. The other 3 that died didn't have it. If it is flukes, how would I kill them off? I do have Prazi Pro and aq salt.

EDIT: That's 5 dead now. I don't see any others with any symptoms...

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There is now a 5th fish dying. He had a gasping issue, and his gill is swollen. The guy at the LFS (knowledgeable btw) thought it might be gill flukes, but this is the only tetra with this gill issue. The other 3 that died didn't have it. If it is flukes, how would I kill them off? I do have Prazi Pro and aq salt.

EDIT: That's 5 dead now. I don't see any others with any symptoms...
Gill flukes symptoms include flashing (the fish scraping the gill region on plant leaves, wood, substrate), much increased respiration, extended gill covers so you can clearly see the gills and they will be bright red, and somtimes hanging at the surface gasping though this is in my experience not frequent unless things are very bad.

Prazipro is best for this, follow directions. Considering these are characins, don't use salt which is highly stressful at any level even close to being effective against parasites.

Do the fish in the store have this? It is highly unlikely they would contract it in your tank if there are no other fish, so they must have brought it with them.

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I didn't see any other store fish with this issue, however it looks like another one of my tetras is gasping. No inflamed gill though.

I actually went to the LFS that I bought them from, and the entire tank had a "DONT SELL" label on it. The guy there said call later and ask for the guy who knows...so I will do that...

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I didn't see any other store fish with this issue, however it looks like another one of my tetras is gasping. No inflamed gill though.

I actually went to the LFS that I bought them from, and the entire tank had a "DONT SELL" label on it. The guy there said call later and ask for the guy who knows...so I will do that...
That is good. If it is something with the fish and the store knows it, they should be willing to replaced your fish as it cannot be your fault.

Dumping any medication into a tank with fish is risky; if it is not needed for the issue, it will make things worse. So if the store figures out the problem and can suggest a remedy, better than second guessing. Gasping or rapid respiration can be indicative of so many things.

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They took back the fish, as they offered store credit. I did a large WC...and I'm starting the fish selection process again...*exasperated sigh* any suggestions? NO. TETRAS. haha

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They took back the fish, as they offered store credit. I did a large WC...and I'm starting the fish selection process again...*exasperated sigh* any suggestions? NO. TETRAS. haha
Browse the new profile section. With your parameters you have plenty of options.

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Thanks for all the help! Appreciate it a bunch!

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