03-14-2007, 09:38 AM
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Originally Posted by Rue
Sadly...you can't keep fish without having some dead ones... :(
I haven't been having luck with the oto cats...all my other fish are fine...my water is fine...but there's something up with the otos...either they don't like my water, or they were sick to begin with...I've had 8...I can only find two...4 are definately dead...2 are MIA...hope they're okay...
So yes, some dead fish are to be expected...
...when you do everything as right as you can...and have dead fish...then as sad as it is, it remains a learning experience...
...but when people deliberately set their fish up in poor conditions...and don't care if the fish lives or dies...that's quite another situation...I consider that animal abuse...
I don't agree with the dead fish are to be expected... I've cycled 3 tanks, all with fish, with not one fatality. They are all still going strong (knock driftwood). It's all about the size of the tank, the type and amount of fish used and diligence in testing/changing out water. And help from a good LFS and this forum doesn't hurt either. : )
Of course fish die, just like everything else in the world, but I don't feel that dead fish are a necessary outcome of cycling a tank.
But like musho said, there is always disease, pH, etc. which is probably the case if this tank was truly cycled, or didn't go into a mini-cycle after the addition of fish.