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post #1 of 6 Old 12-28-2009, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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I've lost two tetras in two weeks

I just lost the second today.
I have a 10g aquarium with five (now) neons and two cories. Tank is about eight months old. Did a fishless cycle then added the neons. Cories were added a couple months ago. About a month after that I started seeing tiny snails. Have done nothing to get rid of them. Only one plant in tere now. I haven't been successful with plats. Ammonia is at zero. So are nitrates. Nitrites are between 0 and .25 so i will do a water change next but don't think that is enough to kill them? Any thoughts? Sorry this is so choppy. Keyboard is broken and have to use the onscreen one
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post #2 of 6 Old 12-29-2009, 08:10 PM
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Those "little snails" you see are most likely from live plants you bought at a fish store i would get rid of them or they will take over your tank. for the fish diying im not sure. just try to get rid of the snails and see if that helps.

Sorry im not much help but trust me you NEED to get rid of those snails
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post #3 of 6 Old 12-29-2009, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Those "little snails" you see are most likely from live plants you bought at a fish store i would get rid of them or they will take over your tank. for the fish diying im not sure. just try to get rid of the snails and see if that helps.

Sorry im not much help but trust me you NEED to get rid of those snails
I hadn't added anything new to the tank in a month before the snails showed. No new plants since last spring. It was weird. How do you get rid of them?
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post #4 of 6 Old 12-29-2009, 08:21 PM
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I hadn't added anything new to the tank in a month before the snails showed. No new plants since last spring. It was weird. How do you get rid of them?
The snails might have appeared due to not cleaning the plants properly after you bought them, I'm not sure how long snail eggs take to hatch, but that can be it.
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post #5 of 6 Old 12-30-2009, 10:36 PM
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Snail eggs take week to 10 days to hatch. But the snails are not what will kill your Neon's there.

Describe your fish, anything visible like colored spots that aren't normal? Any unsocial behavior? Eating habits? ANYTHING?

Neon's need soft & acidic water - So what's your water parameters (Ph & KH)? More often then not people just find them 'cute' and buy them thou they do not thrive (and die) in the water people have at home.

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post #6 of 6 Old 12-31-2009, 05:33 PM
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Agree, we need the info Angel requested. One thing jumps out, nitrates at zero but nitrite at .25 means something is wrong, like a mini-cycle. Which means ammonia must have risen first from whatever caused this, and now nitrite. Plus you indicate plants have been dying which also adds to the problem. But we'll all have more no doubt when you post the info.

One comment on snails, I agree with Angel, snails are most unlikely to be the cause of any of this. And personally I find them useful. If you really don;t want them, pick them out. On no condition use any of the snail remover chemicals; these can stress the fish an dmake things even worse.

Eight fish in a 10g is going to require some regular maintenance, especially without live plants which would help you. I trust you perform a weekly (at least) partial water change, and it is significant (one-third to half the tank)?

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