It started a while ago. I got some neon swordtails from petco. They did not make it. The male was shimmying and died, and the female jumped out while the cover was on properly. She managed to jump out by the filter.
I went back, thinking it was just bad luck, and got three more; one male and two females. This morning the male was dead. The females were doing great, and I have guppies in a tank with the same water parameters. I add Epsom and baking soda for ideal live bearer conditions.
Now, though, one of the two females is laying on her side and gasping, and the other seems okay, but tends to stay by her tank mate mostly.
The one laying down and gasping almost appears to have a fry stuck. It's been there all day. Yesterday she was fine. My red wag swords are all doing amazing. They're from the same petco. Is it possible that the neons are in poor water or came to the store sick? I had three die already and I don't want to keep buying ill fish.,
The red wag swords have been doing amazing in water that's just fine.
Also, a question about the non sick swordtail female. She has what looks like an ovipositor (sorry, I have bettas and that's the only wording can think of). It's the usual white color, and size.
Is it likely that they both will die in QT? The red wag swords were on a different side of aquatics. Is it possible that the water was poor quality in the neon tank?
I've had bettas, and this is my first couple weeks of a forray into livebearers. My water is super soft, which is why I was adding the Epsom. I heard they don't do well in soft water.
The less sick female is also clamping her fins now.
I'm on my mobile and my laptop is acting up, but I'll see if I can post a video later.
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