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Old 12-10-2010, 03:50 PM   #11
 
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I really like you're aquascaping.
Are you sure that its Neon Tetra Disease? That's actually pretty rare. What sounds more likely to me is that they are reacting to the tank just being cycled, or cycling. Neon Tetras are extremely sensitive to water parameters, and will often die in a tank that hasn't been set up for 6 months or more - the lack of colors etc. that you'll see in that case is often misdiagnosed as Neon Tetra Disease.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:24 PM   #12
 
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I really like you're aquascaping.
Are you sure that its Neon Tetra Disease? That's actually pretty rare. What sounds more likely to me is that they are reacting to the tank just being cycled, or cycling. Neon Tetras are extremely sensitive to water parameters, and will often die in a tank that hasn't been set up for 6 months or more - the lack of colors etc. that you'll see in that case is often misdiagnosed as Neon Tetra Disease.
Thank you!

I actually am not sure that its neon tetra disease and I'm starting to think it wasn't because my tetras look pretty happy at the moment. Neon tetra disease is contagious so all my tetras should have it now or at least one and it doesn't look like its the case. They do seem to be a little dull in color but it depends how you look at them in the light.

I would really love to get more tetras they are such nice fish! I have also done some more research and apparently tanks with plants don't need to cycle and my tank HAD plants in it for a couple weeks so that may be why it cycled so fast?

Give me some suggestions on what kind of a catfish to get because I would like a little help keeping the tank clean.

Thanks everyone else for the comments
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:58 PM   #13
 
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If it was Neon Tetra disease all of them would probably have died. I had a batch of cardinals wiped out by NTD, and the fish I added a few weeks after also caught it because the tank was still infected. It's also very rapid... they usually die off within 24-48 hours of getting it and you'll have multiple or many fish dead or dying at the same time. Definitely a nasty thing to have in your tank.

I agree about the pops of pink. Nice tank!
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Old 12-11-2010, 02:39 PM   #14
 
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Good to hear that the rest of your Tetras seem to be feeling okay. Do you want the catfish for algae eating? If you want them for algae, a school of Oto Catfish would be good, they are superb algae eaters, although they are a little bit fragile when first introduced into the tank. Also very peaceful.
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Old 12-11-2010, 07:47 PM   #15
 
Thanks for the suggestion, I just picked up 3 Oto catfish and 5 more tetras
I also set up my filter correctly finally as when my dad set it up he just used what he got with the tank and it was all 2nd hand so I had no clue what was in there....

I have a fluval 304 so I put in the sponges on the side, more sponges on the bottom cartridge carbon in the middle one and biomax on the top. This is the first time I changed any of this and 1 of my guppies died right after I did this It must have been the biomax because when i changed it the top cartridge was only half filled with biomax and this time I filled it up all the way.

Anyways I have the filter on full blast right now and I was thinking of keeping it that way over night then seeing how much the water will clear up tomorrow a lot of particle matter has been floating around in there so I hope that this properly setup filter will clear that up overnight.

I took some more pics here is 1 of my otos with some tetras and another one where you can see the side view of the tank.
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:07 PM   #16
 
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It must have been the biomax because when i changed it the top cartridge was only half filled with biomax and this time I filled it up all the way.
I had to google biomax to see what it was. Did you take out what was in your filter and replace it with new? You need to leave it alone - it's where the bacteria that eat the fish waste grow and live. When you need to clean your filter, just rinse it in water from your tank (don't use tap water, you'll kill the bacteria). If you've taken out the existing biomax and changed all of the sponges in your filter, you'll have lost the beneficial bacteria that live in your filter and your tank will have to cycle again from scratch.
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Old 12-11-2010, 08:15 PM   #17
 
I changed everything from new... I already threw everything away from the old stuff... oh ooo

Now I'm really worried...

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Old 12-11-2010, 09:21 PM   #18
 
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Don't worry. What's done is done. Re-read the info about cycling your tank. You'll need to do frequent water changes while the tank is cycling. Do you have a test kit to test your ammonia and nitrite levels? If not, it's a good way to track when you need to do your water changes.
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Old 12-11-2010, 09:56 PM   #19
 
I will have to buy one asap then! I changed the water earlier today BEFORE I changed the filter, before that I changed the water 3 days ago.
Would it be a good idea to change it tomorrow?
Should I add extra "Nutrafin Cycle"? Its the chemical that reduced ammonia and nitrate and it builds up the bacteria that the tank needs. I usually put 5mL per 38L of water every water change but it says to put in 25mL for day 1, 10mL day 2 and again 10mL for day 3 for "NEW" aquariums (all per 38L of water).
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Old 12-12-2010, 01:20 AM   #20
 
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It makes it easier if you get the test kit because then you can change the water when you've got ammonia and/or nitrites. I probably would do another change tomorrow until you get your test kit and find where you stand in relation to ammonia levels. I'd rather do an unnecessary extra water change than not do it and find afterwards that I had high ammonia....

As for the Nutrafin cycle, I don't know anything about it, sorry. If you've already got it, I'd probably use it, but I wouldn't keep using it after your tank has cycled. IMO, once your filter has grown enough bacteria to process the fish waste there's no need to add any.
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