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Mapboy 07-07-2011 10:21 AM

Neon Tetra Swimming Problem?
I just purchased 3 neon tetras yesterday, and when I woke up this morning one was already dead.
It was a white color when I fished it out of the tank to get rid of.

Now I am questioning if my other two neon tetras that are left are healthy or not.
Their swimming to me looks not normal, they are facing a 45 degree angle toward the bottom of the tank and making almost jerking like movements towards the bottom for a short period.
They like move a little wait move a little wait...etc.
Is this behavior normal, or are my neon tetras sick?
They are in a tank with a dwarf gourami, a platy and 3 rasboras...

Thank you for your help in advance and please hurry. If they are sick, I want to remove them as soon as possible.

BarbH 07-07-2011 10:34 AM

Do you know what the water parameters are on this tank? What are your levels of ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates. From another post of yours you said that you had other deaths in this tank, if I remember right. How long has your tank been running for? Also what type of testing kit are you using liquid or dip stick. If you are not already I would recommend using a liquid test kit like API master test kit, they are more realiable than the dip stick types. Also on the neon tetras they are a more sensitive fish and should not be used in a tank that is still going through the cycling process. Also they are a shoaling fish and need to be kept in groups of at least 6.

sik80 07-07-2011 12:06 PM

agree with barbh.

Regarding the swimming - this seems to be a common problem with neons. I've seen lots of threads here about it. Mine are occasionally like this too and its almost always after feeding, especilly when i feed them flake food. They normally get over this quite quick and if it persists, i don't feed them for a couple of days and they recover. Its a good idea to very thier diet, so you don't rely on just one type of food. I feed flakes, micro pellets, frozen bloodworm, frozen artemia and chopped earthworms to my neons

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