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Old 01-29-2010, 11:18 PM   #11
 
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I didn't know the tank was so small. Danios need a lot of swimming space as they're very active fish. The sooner you can upgrade to something bigger, the better off they'll be.
+1 at least a 29 gallon. for future reference, NEVER (I mean NEVER EVER) let the LFS tell you about a fish. Even if they sound very convincing, they almost ALWAYS give me wrong advice. If I sound preachy, sorry, it's frustrating as a newbie listening to LFS employees like they are all-knowing and come to find out they sold me something totally wrong for my tank and parameters. Aargh.
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:34 PM   #12
 
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Wait, I'm confused - one danio per 29 gallons? o.o Maybe I misread. Anyway, I think Yellow is in the process of dying. He gave up and refused to even go against the current of the filter thing - he's just lying at the bottom of the tank. He also still refuses to eat anything, and the other fish are just ignoring him, eating and swimming about. There's nothing more I can do for him as far as I know. :( I don't know why only he was affected by the nitrite level...
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Old 01-30-2010, 11:35 PM   #13
 
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Thanks for all your help, though, guys! :3 It is comforting to know there is someone out there who knows what this feels like.
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Old 01-31-2010, 04:10 AM   #14
 
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Can you take a picture of him? It could be that he's got some other problems other than just poor health. Danios are noted for how often they come down with "skinny disease." Keep up with those water changes to keep those nitrites in check and we'll see what happens.
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:09 AM   #15
 
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Yup. He died, so I removed his body and gave him a little trumpet solo. And I've never heard of skinny disease - could you describe it in more detail before my other fish come down with it? xD Checking the nitrite level now....whoa, still pretty high. Going to change water right now. The other fish still seem to be fine, too...
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Old 01-31-2010, 09:45 AM   #16
 
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Pictures of Peacock Plant - Discolored

Here are two semi-crappy pictures of the plants - as you can see, the zebras are darting around in the photo, so they are quite blurry Whoops, I kinda knocked it over when changing the water
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:13 AM   #17
 
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Wait, I'm confused - one danio per 29 gallons? o.o Maybe I misread. Anyway, I think Yellow is in the process of dying. He gave up and refused to even go against the current of the filter thing - he's just lying at the bottom of the tank. He also still refuses to eat anything, and the other fish are just ignoring him, eating and swimming about. There's nothing more I can do for him as far as I know. :( I don't know why only he was affected by the nitrite level...
No but min. 29 gallons for a group of danios. Really if you can't get a bigger tank you should take those danios back to the LFS and get something way smaller. I don't know of anything in particular that could be in such a small tank at a low temp, but someone else might.

Your nitrites will go up rapidly because of the small tank size. Test daily using a liquid test kit, and do water changes when the ammonia or nitrite levels above zero. Keep the plant in there as that could be helping absorb the ammonia...if you take it out, the ammonia level could go up and resulting in an even higher nitrite spike. And avoid overfeeding, you fish will eat when he's ready. That's another thing that will contribute to nitrite spike (indirectly).

@MeanHarri good call on looking at the tank specs... I guess that's why there's the sticky with questions on what to post when you have tank probs.
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Old 01-31-2010, 10:15 AM   #18
 
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are those plants dying?
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:43 PM   #19
 
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That's what it looks like...>_>" They seem to be discolored; some of the leaflets are a lighter, solid minty color. Should I remove the plant? I'm trying to get them more direct sunlight, but it's pretty hard.
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Old 01-31-2010, 02:48 PM   #20
 
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My dad's girlfriend did say that it is easier to take care of a larger tank....maybe I can convince her to get me one.
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