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post #11 of 22 Old 03-22-2008, 10:06 AM Thread Starter
i need some help.

after some recent deaths, im down to 4 cherry barbs and 7 harlequins. The harlequins seems to be doing fine now. They are very active, and eat at feeding. The cherry barbs, i'm concerned about because they dont eat when I feed them. They usually stay to the bottom of the tank. I'm feeding them Nutrafine Max and Tetra Spirulina and Dried Blood Worms. The Water Temperature is at a constant 80. I dont want to add any more fish until these stop dying. I'm thinking that they were already dying when I bought them. I have an NH3 tester in the tank at all times. I have two thermometers to make sure that the readings are accurate. What else could it be that are causing the fish to die. Not enough sleeping space?
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post #12 of 22 Old 03-22-2008, 10:10 AM
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What are your water parameters i.e Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate?

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post #13 of 22 Old 03-22-2008, 10:28 AM
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I'm sorry to hear that. :(

Do you test your water for other paramaters? It's important to know amonia, nitrite, nitrate and ph. gh and kh are less important at this stage. If you don't then I'd recommend picking up a liquid test kit (the strips are very unreliable) and checking your paramters. You didn't go overboard with the new aditions that I can see, but adding new fish can often lead to a spike in amonia etc so this may be where your problem lies.
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post #14 of 22 Old 03-22-2008, 10:32 AM Thread Starter
ammonia = 0
nitrate = 40 mg/l
nitrite = .5 mg/l
GH = 75
KH = 120
PH = 7.8

these are rough estimates.
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post #15 of 22 Old 03-22-2008, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
ok. im going to pick up a liquid test kit right now.
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post #16 of 22 Old 03-22-2008, 10:36 AM Thread Starter
just so i wont have to go back, the solution would be to do a water change correct?
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post #17 of 22 Old 03-22-2008, 10:42 AM
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just so i wont have to go back, the solution would be to do a water change correct?
It would indeed. :)

You have a reading for nirtite, so it suggests something is a bit off, probably just the new arrivals producing extra bioload. Do a 50% water change now and keep a close eye on them until it returns back to 0. Smaller changes after the initial large change of 10-20% daily will bring it back down in no time.
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post #18 of 22 Old 03-29-2008, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
OK...

The death toll:

Harlequin = 3
Cherry Barbs = 2

I now have 4 cherry barbs and 5 harlequins.

Everything looks good now. I'll probably purchase more of each in a couple weeks. I found a Petland that has the Pleco.

I can't locate any Sparkling Gouramis or Pygmy Corydoras. Are there any substitutes?
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post #19 of 22 Old 03-29-2008, 06:41 PM
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You could add a group of perhaps five alternative corys. My favourites are sterbais, but I have always waited for a tank to be a little more mature before adding corys.

What sort of pleco is it you're looking to get?

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post #20 of 22 Old 05-15-2008, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
right now i have 5 cherry barbs, 5 harlequins, and a pleco. im looking to add 3 more harlequins, and maybe 2 flame gouramis. i cant find corys at any of the petcos or petlands. couldnt find any sparkling gouramis either.

my only concern is where are all these fish going to sleep. the cherry barbs usually find a hiding spot beneath the decor
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