11-13-2006, 11:38 AM
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Creeping death taking out my guppies!!!!
:( Ack, I'm heartbroken! I'm loosing all my guppies left and right and it seems there's nothing I can do about it. It's a long story so I'll hope to get it all written down. Started off I had my 40 gallon with show guppies spring a leak and I had to divide off my 55 tank and put them in one side. The other side had a few larger fish, a full grown red tail shark, big blue gourami, 4 zebra danios, a couple of cherry barbs, couple of serpaes and a few black neons. Guppies were doing great after the move. My 55 tank has been set up for years and has always been very healthy. I've had my fish for years and have a few live plants.
It all started when I got the notion to add 10 neon tetras to the guppy side. I knew I shouldn't by fish at Wal-Mart but went against my instincs and bought them anyway. They looked healthy right. Wrong! Lo and behold the tainted my tank with ick. I have delt with ick before and always taken it out rather quickly. Not this time. I treated it immediately with Quick Cure using half strength not to hurt the tetras. I retreated each day with 30% water changes. After a few days no sign of it going away I upped it to full strength and up the temp to 80 degrees and added more salt and changed to doing the treatement and water change every other day. Still not helping much after dealing with it nearly 2 weeks but started to loose a few fish, 1 serpae, 1 black neon, 1 cherry barb. So I gave up on the Quick Cure and switched to Copper Safe since I usually use that with all my water changes anyway and still water changes every other day. Ick finally started to look better and tetras started acting healthier but then the guppies started suffering with sluggishness and fin rot. I still hadn't lost 1 neon tetra throught all this. Now all the fish seem fine but the guppies who just get worst and worst and are dropping like flies. I've lost nearly all the babies and most of my best males. The fin rot just gets worst and worst. I'm now trying Maracyn Plus but still using the Copper Safe with water changes. I hate to use medications but it seems I have no choice. I don't have another tank to use nor a place to put another one for not. I tested the water and the ammonia and nitrites test clear.
Has anyone dealt with something like this or know what I can do? It seems I have the worst luck with guppies and they are my favorite fish. I just can't seem to save them anytime they get sick. It just seems strange for them to be dying off when the sensitive fish like the neons and plecos are thriving.
At my wits end!