Woke up and cardinal tetra was dead? - Tropical Fish Keeping - Aquarium fish care and resources
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 9 Old 10-09-2010, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Woke up and cardinal tetra was dead?

Do you know why this could be at all? The readings on my tank are fine..the other two that are in there are fine as well as my platties. And he was a baby. Weird huh?

My bettas-
1 Crown Tail Male- Star
1 Crown Tail Male Solid Red Blue Iridescent- Fuji


Cutar is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 9 Old 10-09-2010, 10:05 PM
Member
 
tanker's Avatar
 
What is your water hardness and pH? Cardinal tetras like soft, acidic water, and platies like basic alkaline water. If you've got alkaline water, your cardinals won't do well. How long have you had them?
tanker is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old 10-10-2010, 01:48 AM
Member
 
1077's Avatar
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by tanker View Post
What is your water hardness and pH? Cardinal tetras like soft, acidic water, and platies like basic alkaline water. If you've got alkaline water, your cardinals won't do well. How long have you had them?
+one

The most important medication in your fish medicine cabinet is.. Clean water.
1077 is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old 10-10-2010, 06:53 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Hardness is soft and ph is around 7.0

My bettas-
1 Crown Tail Male- Star
1 Crown Tail Male Solid Red Blue Iridescent- Fuji


Cutar is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old 10-10-2010, 07:22 PM
New Member
 
Spooki's Avatar
 
Cardinals are pretty much all wild caught and more particular when it comes to water quality. Also if it was a new arrival at the pet store you purchased it from it could have likely died from stress.

Did you drip acclimate it?



Spooki is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old 10-10-2010, 08:05 PM Thread Starter
New Member
 
Yupp he was in the same bag as all the others.. I have had him for about a week

My bettas-
1 Crown Tail Male- Star
1 Crown Tail Male Solid Red Blue Iridescent- Fuji


Cutar is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old 10-10-2010, 09:58 PM
New Member
 
Spooki's Avatar
 
It's possible he was the weakest in the bunch. They definitely like a slightly lower pH though, 5.0- 6.0 with peat filtration.



Spooki is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old 10-11-2010, 03:57 AM
Member
 
Cardinals are a shoaling fish and should be kept in groups of at least 5, preferably more. The fact that you only had 3 (if i read your post correctly) and your water is a higher pH than they prefer is likely to have stressed the fish and may have contributed to its premature death
sik80 is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old 10-11-2010, 03:10 PM
Member
 
Byron's Avatar
 
As has been mentioned, the cardinal tetra is a very soft acidic water fish. They should never be in the same tank as livebearers which are completely opposite in terms of their water parameters. There is no "middle ground" for either in my opinion, so they should not be in the same tank as one (or both) will suffer.

If you are not aware, we have a fish profiles section and many of the regularly-seen freshwater fish are included. Click on the second tab from the left in the blue bar at the top of the screen to go to the profiles section, or in posts if the fish name is shaded it means the profile can be accessed directly by clicking on the name. There is information on suitable water parameters, numbers, tank sizes, compatibility, etc. for the fish in the profiles so you can research fish before acquisition and be sure of suitability.

Byron Hosking, BMus, MA
Vancouver, BC, Canada

The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If youíre going to take it under your wing then youíre responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
Byron is offline  
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Just bought my first 5 fish - cardinal tetra. :* lostperspective Beginner Freshwater Aquarium 12 09-07-2010 11:30 AM
Cardinal Tetra vs Neon Tetra paytheplayer Characins 12 12-14-2008 11:55 AM
cardinal tetra needs help Mirta Characins 5 02-08-2008 02:22 PM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome