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redlessi 08-17-2009 06:22 PM

guppy was swimming upside down
I just found one of my guppies floating upside down. It almost looked dead and then it would start swimming. It was twirling around trying to swim and then floating upside down and swimming/twirling around for about 1/2 hour before it died. What is that??

Water params are 0 nitrites, 0 ammonia, between 10-20 nitrates, pH 7.0. Just did pwc on sat.


Herky 08-17-2009 06:26 PM

Nitrates maybe then. If everything else is at zero.

redlessi 08-17-2009 06:30 PM

I thought nitrates at 10 or 20 was ok?????

Herky 08-17-2009 06:37 PM

Sometimes guppies just die for no reason in my experience. My girlfriend has had several that kicked the bucket unexpectedly and for no apparent reason. If your other fish are ok, I would chalk it up to nature.

redlessi 08-17-2009 06:41 PM

Maybe so, I started off with 6 and only have 1 left after 1-2 weeks. Maybe a bad batch from petco.............

eileen 08-17-2009 10:30 PM

sometimes petco gets a shipment and they are stressed out. Sometimes it's best to get them after they have been at the store for a few weeks. Petco does have a 14 day return policy if the fish dies or it does not work out. I bought a pair of Black Swordtails male/female and then went back the next day and bought 1 more female. I had to take that one back as the original pair I got picked on it. I took it back today. I got a full refund. You must have your original receipt and the dead in water or return the fish that you are having problems with. Check craigslist in your area. Look under Pets or General and even free. I see alot of people selling their excesss guppies for really cheap or give them away for free. The fish that lost an eye might be ok. I had a baby hamster once and one of the other litter mates messed up it's eye and it lost it's eye. I treated it with medicine and it was fine with one eye.

redlessi 08-18-2009 09:38 AM

The one with the eye missing died as well. I will return the dead fish back to petco for a refund as I definitely dont want any more from there. Thanks for the suggestion of craigslist. I look there.

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