02-19-2010, 12:14 PM
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No luck with Banggai Cardinals
I recently added 3 Banggai Cardinals (alleged ORA) to my QT tank and have had very little luck. All were eating well from the beggining (frozen formula 1 and formula 2) and there doesn't appear to be any issues with my QT tank itself as far as parameters:
0 nitrite, 0 nitrate, 0 ammonia, 8 hardness, 400 calcium, PH 8.3.
All three fish appear(ed) to be in perfect health and acting normally. One died on night 1 with no visible cause. 1 died 3 days later with no visible cause. The third is in his 5th day in QT and is acting perfectly normal.
I dripped the fish for 3 hours before I put them in my QT.
Are these hard fish to keep? I didn't think they were supposed to be difficult. Could they have just been from a bad batch (maybe even wild caught instead of ORA)? I will be happy if this last one makes it but I don't think I am ready to add any more of these guys. I am just at a loss as to what could have happened to them.