So today, I had just finished feeding my 55 gallon amazon tank, with the tetras and cories and bristlenosed plecos who just gifted me with another dozen babies today (
), and I noticed that one of my black neons was looking particularly shabby. Listless, white spots... Ich. Ick.
He had a full blown case going and I couldn't think of anything that I had done to give it to him. I haven't added any fish to the tank since the bandit cories last summer. So I was thinking about it, while I was pulling him out to euthanize, and I realized that the only thinks I have added to the tank since summer are two sword plants - a big mother a month ago and a small red melon... Three days ago. Oh, and there's some spots on the flame tetras. Delightful.
I am going to have to crank the heat to 84 and do half doses of rid-ich for 2 weeks, and probably lose all my shrimp and snails, and maybe the colony of blackworms that the cories so love to browse on. All for a plant that I could have stuck in an empty tank for a week with a couple of feeder guppies by way of canaries, and not done it any harm, and been out maybe some ten cent guppies at the end.
This is a family establishment, so let's just imagine the blue streak that goes here.
The Moral of this story: Quarantine your plants.