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GreyHounD 09-01-2012 09:02 PM

Tiger barb being lethargic
 
They just float and I found one rescued it immediately and isolated it. He was just floating and grasping..

I had 2 that died and I found one dead from before i did a water change.

I placed 2 new decors just plastic plants and 2 rocks.

I returned the tin foil but is it them that harasses them? they are big by a lot...

Byron 09-02-2012 07:48 PM

Something is clearly wrong, but you will have to provide us more data so that we can ascertain the problem.

Tank size, fish in the tank (numbers and species).
Water change schedule (how often and how much of the tank volume).
Water parameters, being GH, pH and temperature.
Results iof tests for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate if you have done them.
How long have the Tiger Barb been in this tank?
Aside from water conditioner, are any substances being added to the water?

Byron.

GreyHounD 09-06-2012 11:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Byron (Post 1225220)
Something is clearly wrong, but you will have to provide us more data so that we can ascertain the problem.

Tank size, fish in the tank (numbers and species).
- 36x18x18, 2 Tinfoil Barb, 3 Serapae Tetra, 30 Tiger Barb (All dead).
Water change schedule (how often and how much of the tank volume).
- 2 Times a week or just 1 to save water.
Water parameters, being GH, pH and temperature.
- No testing kit
Results iof tests for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate if you have done them.
- No testing kit
How long have the Tiger Barb been in this tank?
- 3 Months
Aside from water conditioner, are any substances being added to the water?
- None, New plastic decoration I forgot to boil accidentally and rocks from backyard washed and sun dried all of them for 2 days..
- Fed them XO Humpy head pellets( Ran out of fish food)
- Fed them pellet ( red and green ones)
- Fed them PO1 or was it PO2
- Fed them daphia and tubifex from my local fish breeder then sudden disease outbreak..

I suspect the live food though it was just for a day or 2...

HElLP!
.

- All of them are dead. except the tinfoil and tetra byron please help me out.
I bought rosy barbs to replace the tigers though I miss my tigers..

They had heavy case of ick so I tried treating the 15 left slowly they kept on dying now 3-4 left.


I'M SO FUSTRATED...
I got so distracted by my betta keeping too.

Byron 09-06-2012 01:35 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by GreyHounD (Post 1231407)
- All of them are dead. except the tinfoil and tetra byron please help me out.
I bought rosy barbs to replace the tigers though I miss my tigers..

They had heavy case of ick so I tried treating the 15 left slowly they kept on dying now 3-4 left.


I'M SO FUSTRATED...
I got so distracted by my betta keeping too.

It may have been something in with the live food. This is always a danger with live foods, introducing some pathogen.

Another thing I do see though is too many fish for this small a tank. I would not acquire any new fish but let things settle until no more fish are dying. Once that is the case, for a couple weeks, it should be safe to consider new fish. But then make sure you do not overstock, and the fish are suitable to the tank and other fish. I would not put more than one species of barb in this tank.

How did you treat the ich?

GreyHounD 09-07-2012 05:56 PM

Salt Bath and Methylene blue solution ( Just to prevent Further Infection ).

Right now before you replied I placed the rosy so they got mixed with some barbs that had ick.

Hope they don't catch it since the water's with methylene blue already and salt and up temperature the weather is cooperating now a days!

Gonna do water change for like 3 days interval this is the 3rd day then salt bath again and next 3 days water change.

Any opinions?

Byron 09-07-2012 08:48 PM

If by "salt bath" you mean placing the fish in salted water for a specific period of time, this will do no good. Ich can only be killed when it is in the free swimming stage in the tank water after it hatches (for lack of a better word) and before finding a host fish. Plus, the additional stress of moving the fish will likely make the ich worse. Ich after all is only caused by stress to the fish, otherwise they can always fight it off.

I would simply raise the tank temperature to 86F or higher; provide good aeration (filter flow, airstones, etc) as oxygen is less in warmer water. If the fish can manage with a week of 90F this alone will kill the ich. Some methelene blue might help, and the barbs should be OK with this for a week.


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