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post #11 of 13 Old 01-04-2011, 11:13 AM
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Doug, I agree with Dawn on all points.

I know the store, though I have not been in it for more than 15 years. I would be much more comfortable taking Dawn's advice over theirs, so just await her advice.

Too often store people just suggest this or that fish to deal with this or that issue, like algae; but this is rarely if ever the solution. Issues have causes, and if one finds the cause and rectifies that, the issue goes away without additional stress and harm to the fish. Algae is easy to control, naturally, as it is in direct relationship to the light and nutrients. But we can pursue this later, after the disease issue is addressed.

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post #12 of 13 Old 01-09-2011, 12:40 PM Thread Starter
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Well, the tetra is all better now. The scales look to be back to normal, redness is gone, and any swelling or puffiness appears to have resided. I didn't really do anything specific other than introduce some different food and keep up with the water changes. Perhaps offering some new foods gave the fish a bit more resilience.

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Well, the tetra is all better now. The scales look to be back to normal, redness is gone, and any swelling or puffiness appears to have resided. I didn't really do anything specific other than introduce some different food and keep up with the water changes. Perhaps offering some new foods gave the fish a bit more resilience.

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I believe both things were of immense help. A healthy diet (variety, suitable foods) strengthens the fish's immune system, and regular maintenance in the form of water changes do the same. Many of us have often noted the ability of fish to fight off this and that, but a key factor is the environment in the aquarium.

You do still have the overcrowding problem, and this should be rectified to better the environment.

Good to hear of success.

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