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All of my fish are mysteriously dying?
Old 08-14-2012, 11:44 AM   #11
 
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Andrew, a couple questions which I think Dawn will want to know.

How large is the Raphael catfish? These are predatory, and might have something to do with this. And could you post a good photo of the entire tank?

This tank has been running for over a year, and you are sure the nitrates are zero? Is this the API liquid test, and did you shake Regent #2 for a good 2 minutes?

Byron.
I will get an up to date photo for this thread later today. The raphael is small and is about 2 1/2 inches. He also met the same fate as the other fish the other morning.

It is an API liquid test kit and I did not shake it for 2 minutes which may have given a misreading. I'm quite positive the tank is fully cycled due to the length the aquarium has been running with little fish loss (I lost some bala sharks due to stress in transport but that's about it).
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Old 08-15-2012, 03:08 PM   #12
 
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Sorry it took so long for me to get here, I have been extremely busy.

I will need to ask you to retest that nitrate level for me please. Knowing accurate test results is going to help determine what medication is safe to use, if any. I also will need that full tank photo that Byron so generously requested on my behalf. There are often answers in photos such as that and I will need the ability to look it over and see if there is anything that can help me to properly diagnose the problem.

While it appears quite obvious that there is a fungus problem going on, the symptoms you describe tell me it's something besides the fungus that is the actual cause of death in your fish. Fungus tends to be secondary to other, more serious problems.

I will do my best to get back later today/tonight to see if you've posted the photo and new nitrate result. Knowing that the tank is cycled or not is only 1 of 2 answers we need to know... the other being how high or low exactly is the nitrate?
Can you please also post the rest of the basic stats for the tank such as what species of live plants are in it, what type of filtration you are using, your maintenance schedule (water changes, how often, how much at a time, gravel vac frequency, etc.), as well as any other possible symptoms you may be able to think of?
How long did the raphael catfish appear sick before it died? Were there any symptoms before you noticed the fungus on it? When you removed it from the tank did you notice any abrasions, especially on the underside (belly) of the fish? The more info you can offer the faster I can help.
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Old 08-20-2012, 01:49 AM   #13
 
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Hey Dawn,

I would like to take this time to appreciate you taking time away from your schedule to try and help me with this problem. The reason I haven't responded to this thread is due to the fact I found it much easier to simply remove the problem as a whole than losing more fish while I attempted to diagnose the problem and treat it.

I did a 75% water change and cleaned all of the sand at the bottom of the tank (left all filter media and decor untouched to prevent losing beneficial bacteria). For the first two days after the large water change and cleaning I treated the tank with the Melafix and the fish that /were/ left after a majority of the other fish died were doing much better. I was also able to reintroduce the fish that I originally moved the day the mysterious deaths began with no ill effect to those fish either.

I am unsettled that I will not be able to know what caused the death of my fish but I am glad to see that some of my fish were able to pull through since I had no other room to store them they had to stay in the infected tank during treatment which was surprising that the handful of fish that made it, did actually make it. I was able to save a total of 8 fish by going ahead with my method rather than waiting it out, although we will not know what caused this, I still find it satisfactory that some of the fish I have had for a long period of time did make it through the ordeal rather than passing like the rest of the fish.

Again, I really appreciate you taking your time away Dawn and I do apologize that we were unable to determine the cause of this and hopefully we won't see this issue again in the future!
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Old 08-20-2012, 02:05 AM   #14
 
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Good Luck to you and your remaining fish.
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