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Old 02-08-2010, 11:07 AM   #1
 
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Dying Guppy :(

Yesterday I noticed my only boy guppy swimming funny. he was really wobbly and just stayed near the top of the tank. We had family stuff going on, so we left and when we came home he was still in the same corner. But this morning i found him stuck on the filter intake and i thought to myself "dang he lost the fight," so i went to get my net and got him off the filter and there he goes swimming off, but still wobbly. so I caught him with a little tubberware dish and now he's in there so he doesn't get stuck again. think i'll let him float in the tank so he doesn't get cold. he looks fine, is breathing really shallow and he's kinda going sideways now. I figure there's nothing I can do for him now and it's prolly his time. I just can't figure why I can't keep any boy guppies. Maybe we got a bad couple from the lfs, Think i'll wait a week and see how my girls do. I just changed the water and did a 25% water change, still don't have a test kit though, but been doing water changes twice a week. my water is really clear and the rest of the guppies are fine.
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:42 PM   #2
 
How long has your tank been set up? How long have you had this male guppy? I had the problem where all of the females died and i was left with all males. Strange. I found that if a fish was on "the brink" that putting them in a container was not good. They usually died pretty soon after.
I have used melafix and pimafix together on two different occasions (including right now) to treat a variety of things and it actually works pretty good. It will not treat ammonia / nitrite problems or worms though. I would recommend getting a test kit soon so you will know where your ammonia and nitrite levels are. If you have a problem with either it's pretty easy to treat that and make it to where the fish can still live by using a product like prime or ammolock.
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Old 02-08-2010, 12:51 PM   #3
 
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with out knowing what yo are dealing with however meds may not be effective and could just contaminate the tank for no reason. not to mention if the little one is already struggling meds could make it worse. this is just my opinion so take it for what it is.... i would start with a water change and check your parameters before and after.... also how are the other fish acting? is this guy getting beat up or left alone? any one else showing signs of distress? all the basics first.....
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Old 02-08-2010, 02:55 PM   #4
 
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i let the tank run for a day, then added five guppies. had them for about two weeks, then lost a male, he had a white spot on his tail and had it when we got him. then about two days later a female got really fuzzy looking and found out i had ich. at first i say fuzzy, but after i read they look like they are sprinkled with salt, that's what it looked like. so i medicated for ich for a week and everyone cleared up. now three weeks later my other male isn't looking so good. all three females are doing fine, doing normal guppy business. my temp is about 82 F and after the ich break out i started doing 25% water changes twice a week. girls haven't been bothering him, but i never saw him chase them either. i dont have a test kit right now, we are pretty tight on money.
I guess i should mention one of the females we got has a bent spine. if i had known at the store, i wouldn't have brought her home. (hubby got the fish) i figure she's just deformed, but not sure now. could it be related?
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Old 02-08-2010, 03:15 PM   #5
 
You probably have high ammonia or nitrite in the tank. Without knowing what it is it's hard to say.
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:42 PM   #6
 
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with out a test kit available i would suggest two main things for the moment
1) 20-40% water changes every day to see if this improve things over the next week if so you are not done cycling yet (most certainly you are not unless seeded from an established tank)
2) take a sample to your LFS and ask if they can run tests on your water for you and get the numbers on paper so you can share them here.. a word of caution here if you are using a big box retailer they will give yo the numbers and then try to sell you everything under the roof to make your tank better because you just cant go with out it.. BULLLLL you may only need clean water and some time dont get into chems unless you need to....
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Old 02-08-2010, 11:19 PM   #7
 
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You shouldn't only let the tank run 1 day before adding fish... if you think he's going to die you could euthanize him... instead of letting him suffer. Most likely he is going to die.

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2) take a sample to your LFS and ask if they can run tests on your water for you and get the numbers on paper so you can share them here.. a word of caution here if you are using a big box retailer they will give yo the numbers and then try to sell you everything under the roof to make your tank better because you just cant go with out it.. BULLLLL you may only need clean water and some time dont get into chems unless you need to....
That's why I'd never take my water to get tested at a store ever...
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:59 AM   #8
 
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the idea is for the OP to get the numbers so we can help them out....
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:07 AM   #9
 
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ok, i'll see if can one of our lfs to test my water. we don't have any big retailers here. just mom and pop places. it's prolly not cycled yet, and i didnt know anything about cycling until we got the guppies. but now i know and won't make that mistake again!
And my boy did pass away, poor baby.
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the idea is for the OP to get the numbers so we can help them out....
Ya he should get numbers. I was just making a comment about getting water tested at stores.

Sorry to hear about your fish. :( It will probably take 2-3 weeks for it to get fully cycled. For now you can add some stuff to decrease the ammonia and nitrites while it cycles, and make lots of water changes.
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