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Woke up and cardinal tetra was dead?
Old 10-09-2010, 05:41 PM   #1
 
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?
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Old 10-09-2010, 10:05 PM   #2
 
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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?
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:48 AM   #3
 
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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?
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:53 PM   #4
 
Hardness is soft and ph is around 7.0
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Old 10-10-2010, 07:22 PM   #5
 
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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?
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:05 PM   #6
 
Yupp he was in the same bag as all the others.. I have had him for about a week
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:58 PM   #7
 
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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.
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:57 AM   #8
 
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
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:10 PM   #9
 
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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.

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