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CamsMom 04-27-2012 10:37 AM

Hospital/ Quarantine Tank Question
So I have a 20g cycled tank with 5 danios, 2platys, and 4 guppies. One of my guppies died about a week ago, one is showing the same symptoms and hasn't eaten for about 5 days. Another guppy started showing the exact same symptoms this morning although he hasn't stopped eaying yet. NONE of the other fish are sick. Money is a little tight and space is limited so I can't really start another bigger tank. My question is what is the smallest I can go? This new tank would only be used for sick fish...any advice would be great...and ASAP I'm afraid the sick guppies don't have much time :-(
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Romad 04-27-2012 11:58 AM

I'd go with a 10 gallon kit and keep it bare bottom so when you break it down and set it up again for hospital or quarantine tank, it will be easier. You also want to keep an eye on fish poop to see if it's "normal" and it will also help you guage if your fish are actually eating.

Can you give any other symptoms of the sick fish? It sounds like you have a problem in the tank. Copy the questions from the attached link into a new post and answer all that you can. It will help to try to figure out what's wrong with your sick fishys.

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CamsMom 04-27-2012 12:54 PM

Thank you for responding.... so basically the first symptom they show is they start staying away from the other fish, then start swimming in one place. Then they stop eating then they hardly move any fins at all. The first one did that for about 3 days before he died and the second, who is fighting right now, has not eaten or hardly moved in at least 4 days. Now this morning the third has started swimming in one spot but still eating. There is no discoloration on any of them or any sign of any kind of fungus. I thought maybe the first was just not healthy to start but now that a third has started to act the same way something has to be up! If it was a water issue wouldn't the other fish be acting "funny?" Guess we'll just wait and see...thanks again for your advice.
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Romad 04-27-2012 02:09 PM

Minimally I would check your water parameters for ammonia, nitrIte, nitrAte, and ph. If you can check for water hardness as well it will give you an idea if your params. are optimal for guppies.

Check out the tropical fish profiles link at the top of the forum main page (dark blue section) and see what recommendations are there regarding ph and hardness for the fish that you have in this tank.

If you don't have a water test kit, bring a sample to your local fish store and have them check it for you.

Good luck.

CamsMom 04-27-2012 07:17 PM

Update...second guppy died a few hours ago...
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