Originally Posted by Angel079
I'm at the end of the rope; I do not know where I go wrong here or maybe Tetra's are just not happy with my water?
My tank is a 45g with pH 7 and KH 2. Dimly lit with quite a few plants in it and 2 large pieces of Driftwood arranged to double as dark hiding places (Pictures of the tank can be seen under the aquarium log "New 45g".
Last year I bought 8 Cardinal (with the hopes to stock up to 10) the day after I got them they were hardcore coated in ich I acted asap with heat & ich meds - All died.
Same time frame I bought 4 Rummy's all them do fine to date; about 3 weeks ago now I bought 4 more; of these I lost 3 so far as to where to they went or what happened with them I do not know even thoroughly searching the tank didn't turn up no bodies (even disassembled the filter).
Also 3 weeks ago I bought 5 large Emporer Tetra's. I died about 3 days ago, following that (even thou I took it out as soon as I seen it) this tank broke out with ich AGAIN. This morning 2 more of them were dead.
Current stock per 2/4 @ 4PM are:
1 Common Pleco
Losses: 8 Cardinal, 3 Emporer, 3 Rummy's
At any given time that I test for Ammonia or NO2 it comes back 0. Heat is currently set at 80F (because of ich) otherwise at 76-77F. I use Prime with each water change; prep the water in buckets (2g with 1-1.5ML Prime) and let sit for a lil while before I add it to the tank. As any other tank they get a variety of foods ranging from flakes, mini pellets, various frozen foods etc.
I can not find anything I'm doing wrong/ different then any other hundred set up's I had before. I do understand that Tetra's are more sensitive but what in the world could I change so they can live and not die with me?
I'm about to re-home the remaining handful elsewhere and turn this into a frog habitat or something.
76-77 degrees F is a bit cool for rummy nose and cardinal tetras. I do not believe your water to be problem or all fish would be affected over time.
Quarantine tank might be something I would consider for new fish. I buy small fish such as tetras by the dozen with the expectation of losing perhaps two or three.I recently purchased a dozen Flame tetras (von Rio
) and lost three in quarantine tank.Water in my main tanks is never an issue and without knowing what the Flame tetras died from,, I am comforted that they did not pass whatever they succumbed to to my main tank. Fish foods I offer are fresh and stored in fridge in tuppeware containers.
I drip acclimate all of my fish and depending on species, this can take an hour or two.
I have had driftwood that leached toxins unknown into my tanks and once removed,, deaths stopped. Again water parameters all tested fine so it was a process of elimination which led me to the wood despite repeated scrubbing and soaking. Pieces were to big to boil so I finally removed them.
Pleco could very well have consumed the dead bodies of the tetras that you report went AWOL. Ditto for Chinese Algae Eater
that is listed as resident in your tank? Not very good community fish in my view.
Water added to my tanks is straight from tap and is ALWAYS lukewarm .I add dechlorinator right before I add the new water.
If pH from my tap is much different from my aquarium such as my 20 gal that houses Rams, I do smaller water changes more often rather than large water change to help keep stability. My tapwater is moderately hard with pH 7.4 With all of above considered,, I am able to keep many species of tetras. I hope some of this may give you an idea or two that maybe you have not considered.
Your tanks are relatively new. with sensitive species such as rummy nose and cardinals, I would place them after quarantine,, in the most mature(oldest), tank and wait for other tanks to settle to whatever that may be.
I would not use anything in aquariums that was not absolutely needed and as I have mentioned in past, I would disenfect all tools,buckets,sponges,etc that I may have used or am using while treating sick fish.