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ChrisK 10-06-2011 10:27 AM

Mystery Cory cat deaths?
 
So yesterday i come home and feed the fish as i usually do (3 neon tetra, 3 glowlight tetra, and two peppered cories) they are all acting normal as they normally do no signs of the tank being dirty or anything. I ran out to run a few errands and i come back to my cories either not swimming at all in a vertical position against the sides of the tank or swimming upside down and falling to the bottom. Then I woke up this morning to find both of them dead?? I did notice some like white fuzz on the newer cories barbels and fins. the 2nd cory was added just a few days ago from petsmart im starting to think he was sick when I got him. Any input would really help

k19smith 10-06-2011 11:53 PM

The fungus you saw could have been before or after death. This is why I highly recommend a quarantine tank before adding any new fishes as you can wipe out every fish you own with a dollar fish. How long has your tank been set up? Do you know you ammonia, nitrite, nitrate readings? How many gallons is your tank?

Cories also need a school I think 5 minimum, you can check this out in the profile section at the top of the page.

ChrisK 10-06-2011 11:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by k19smith (Post 853253)
The fungus you saw could have been before or after death. This is why I highly recommend a quarantine tank before adding any new fishes as you can wipe out every fish you own with a dollar fish. How long has your tank been set up? Do you know you ammonia, nitrite, nitrate readings? How many gallons is your tank?

The fungus was before death and even more after. Im leaning toward Ich.

Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 0

Its a 10 gallon tank and it has been set up for a little over three months it has two kyoto plants, a java fern, a crested tropica fern, and a moneywort plant. I got home tonight and all the fish were dead :( and the water is very cloudy. I removed all the fish and turned up the heat as per byrons post in another Ich thread. I also ordered coppersafe. This all started shortly after i added another peppered cory catfish from petsmart.

k19smith 10-07-2011 12:05 AM

Sorry to hear that.

Ich looks like the fish have been sprinkled with a salt shaker.

I do not know right off if coppersafe is safe for use with live plants you may want to check that.

If the tank is completely fish less you can just go with the heat and time method. I believe ich can only live without a host for a few days, 3 maybe?

ChrisK 10-07-2011 12:27 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by k19smith (Post 853287)
Sorry to hear that.

Ich looks like the fish have been sprinkled with a salt shaker.

I do not know right off if coppersafe is safe for use with live plants you may want to check that.

If the tank is completely fish less you can just go with the heat and time method. I believe ich can only live without a host for a few days, 3 maybe?

Yeah they did kinda look like salted lol. I'll definitely check about the coppersafe. But I do have the heat up around 80 ish now i have it set at 86.

also their eyes looked cloudy

k19smith 10-07-2011 12:35 AM

I myself wouldn't use chemicals as you don't have fish, I would just let it die off. Copper can be hard on some plants I don't know if I would risk it.

wannalearn 10-07-2011 01:07 AM

i thought ich could live in the enviroment for months.. not days...

ladayen 10-07-2011 01:25 AM

It needs a host. It can live on a fish and not show itself for months.. years probably. With no fish whatsoever in the tank it should die off in a few days... however the fish that were in there(tetras) will still have it, even if there are no symptoms.

k19smith 10-07-2011 01:41 AM

I've been doing some reading it seems like there are a lot of mixed reviews on exactly how long it takes to get it out of your tank. The high temps will speed the life cycle but as whether to add new fish in 2 weeks or 6 weeks seems to vary.

I had though it was only a week or so but after this research I'm not sure.

wannalearn 10-07-2011 01:46 AM

thanks for claifying that for me ladayen..k19 i know in the saltwater world, most ppl recomend wainting 90 days after all signs of disease are gone.


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