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post #211 of 218 Old 01-11-2007, 11:28 PM
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The lemons tend to stress easy which usually causes ick.
Ich is triggered easily of course when the fish is stressed due to lowered immunity but I am guessing this happens only when the ich has been in the tank for a long time and remaining undetected until the fish's weak immunity(brought by several factors-mostly stress-related factors ) triggers susceptibility to ich. Ich is not part of the tank's ecosystem but rather serves as a 'contaminant' via unquarantined fish and equipments used in ich-infested tanks.

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post #212 of 218 Old 01-12-2007, 12:06 AM
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Any fish going through a LFS tank is exposed to ick while there. Because of the way store systems are set up, it is very difficult to control the spread of it at the store. If 1 fish in 1 tank has ick, then at least 1/2 of the other tanks are all exposed. The filtration systems are typically set up to run many tanks on one "system", thus, the water circulates through all of the tanks. Walmart and Petco are good examples of this. So, when you see fancy goldfish with ick, fancy guppys with fin rot, and floating fish in various tanks, the other tanks that appear healthy are all being exposed to all of these things at once.

The store where I worked, when it was built, it was with filtration problems in mind, and they individualized all of the freshwater tanks, and brackish water tanks and the filtration. Each tank was it's own seperate system, thus the exposure to these illnesses was minimal.

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post #213 of 218 Old 01-12-2007, 12:20 PM
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all of my lfs have dyed fish =( but i want to work in them but its patronizing dyed fish...............i think. is that ok for me to still work there?pets discount petco pet depot petland kalihi pet shop<-(has exotic i think illegal fish)

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post #214 of 218 Old 01-12-2007, 05:22 PM
hmm, the reason why i anted lemon tetras was because i thought they are hardy, well does anyone know a good schooling small tetra that is hardy and can fit with zebra danios, thanks! My ph is around 7.6-7.8 so they need to be ble to survive that as well

Btw i dont want neon tetras or cardinal.
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post #215 of 218 Old 01-13-2007, 12:45 AM
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von rio tetras
glowlight tetras
green fire tetras
These are going to be the best options in small tetras to mix with danios.

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post #216 of 218 Old 01-13-2007, 10:27 AM
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Also Pristella Tetras - so far as I know, one of the only tetras that can even handle brackish water - extremely hardy and able to handle ph from 6.5 to 8.5 - probably could keep them in a Tanganyika tank if the cichlids wouldn't see them as food/chew toys.

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post #217 of 218 Old 01-13-2007, 05:14 PM
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Pristella tetras are NOT a brackish water fish, they are a South American river dwelling fish. While some of them may be able to tolerate brackish conditions for a short period of time, this is not somthing I would suggest trying. Too long in brackish conditions would mean sure death.

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post #218 of 218 Old 01-13-2007, 09:41 PM
Well i got 2 more danios today. So now i have 7 and im pretty much done cycling. I found these white platies at the store today, they looked really cool and they only get up to around 2.5 inches. I might get those. THey look like mini albino oscars, can someone tell me the name of these? I think there called Redtail White Calico Platy. Are these ok for my tank?
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