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redlessi 11-23-2009 09:17 PM

4 panda corries 1 left
 
I brought 4 panda cories yesterday and only one is left:shock:. I put them in the 35 gal tank that only has 2 leopard danios, water is 0,0,10 with weekly water changes of about 30%, temp 78. I guess they were sick when I got them because after I got them home I noticed that 1 had only barbels on one side and another ones barbels looked red. I have not seen the one that is left eat yet. I gave a sinking pellet today but it did not go anywhere near it. Should I worry about it:-?? I hate when this happens but at least I can take them back and get my money back.

x2fast4everyone 11-23-2009 11:32 PM

they were probably sick from the store. I would watch and quarantine the next ones you get from the store so they dont get the other fish in your tank sick.

also it could have been your water peremeters. pandas like slighty acidic and soft water. 78 degrees may also be a bit high of a water temp for them. did you slowly put them in the tank?

x2fast4everyone 11-23-2009 11:34 PM

by the way. they are very sensitive fish. how long has your tank been running and whats the ph and gh? what type of substrate?

redlessi 11-24-2009 07:29 AM

Ph is 7.0, tank running since march 09, drip acclimated for about a hour before adding to Q tank. I think they were most likely sick from the store. My main concern now is that I have not seen the one that is left eat yet..........

1077 11-24-2009 07:53 AM

It sounds like fish may indeed have been sick when purchased. Need to VERY closely observe fish when we are able to, to check for things like you have noticed (ie) damaged barbels. Sometimes dealers tanks aren't lit all that well and it is difficult . I believe it not uncommon for new fish to go off their feed for a couple days to a week with some species. I usually withold food and keep lights off for first couple days. quarantine tank should have some artificial plants and or decoration for fish to hide near and feel more secure. Panda corys are not a very stout fish when first introduced but over time they will usually do well if conditions are favorable.Hope this helps.

fishyinpa 11-25-2009 08:13 PM

Oh wow,sorry to hear. I started with 6 pandas,and well...2 adults died but many many months after I had them. Plus they spawned 2 babies are doing quite well. So still have 6 lol. I keep hearing and reading bout them being so sensitive..mine never seemed to be...so I think they were very sick when you bought them.

redlessi 11-25-2009 08:51 PM

Yes the were, I went for replacements and the manager said they had just came in the day I brought them. So they never got a chance to adjust to the tank at the store and then were purchased and transported again and put in a different tank. Now I have 4 again and they are all happy. I will never buy fish that have just arrived at the store again...............

Byron 11-26-2009 01:34 PM

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Originally Posted by redlessi (Post 280295)
Yes the were, I went for replacements and the manager said they had just came in the day I brought them. So they never got a chance to adjust to the tank at the store and then were purchased and transported again and put in a different tank. Now I have 4 again and they are all happy. I will never buy fish that have just arrived at the store again...............

That is a very good plan with corydoras, and certain other sensitive species like pencilfish. Corydoras do not travel well; they succumb heavily to ammonia poisoning if they are shipped too many in a bag, and I have known of entire shipments that arrive dead. They are usually heavily stressed upon arrival, and if left in the store for at least a week your chances of getting fish that will survive the journey to your tank are significantly greater.

Byron.

Kelso 11-29-2009 12:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Byron (Post 280562)
That is a very good plan with corydoras, and certain other sensitive species like pencilfish. Corydoras do not travel well; they succumb heavily to ammonia poisoning if they are shipped too many in a bag, and I have known of entire shipments that arrive dead. They are usually heavily stressed upon arrival, and if left in the store for at least a week your chances of getting fish that will survive the journey to your tank are significantly greater.

Byron.

VERY TRUE! I always wait a week once I see a new shipment in. My one lfs always gets tons of healthy baby pandas...but be careful, from experience they are prone to fin rot, make sure you thoroughly check out their bodies before you buy em! But when you get a good shoal going, theyre so freaking adorable!


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