Pretty crappy situation. Ive had a 10g heavily planted NPT (u can see in my aquarium), been running for month and a half with 5 white clouds and a mystery snail. no filter, water at 75 F. Ammonia/nitrates almost always at zero, water change every week (used to be two weeks but i noticed a lil bit of ammonia so made it 1). After a month and a half, i dropped the white clouds and got 7 male guppies, 3 red cherry shrimp.
Day 1, all seem to be acclimated well. Day 3, one RCS dies, seems to be stuck in duckweed at top of tank by top of heater. My curiosity: why did only 1 die? If my parameters were bad, shouldnt they all? he wasnt even the smallest either. Right after, I tested water with API liquid test, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrates.
Also on day 3, one male guppy didnt want to eat, seemed sluggish, weak.
Day 4 morning, said guppy is dead on floor in morning. Removed and went to school. Come back, ANOTHER guppy dead on ground in back, unexpectedly. Apparently it was dead long enough for my snail to eat a good chunk of it. This is my biggest concern. He looks a lot less active after eating it, even now (im currently in night of day 4). Keeping him alive is my biggest concern.
Also, one other fish did not want to eat today, seems a bit to self (signs of what previous fish had). Otherwise, the other 4 fish seem active, eat well, and social.
Now i cant imagine what in the world could cause death to guppies so quickly. It also doesn't add up how my sensitive red cherry shrimp are outlasting the two guppies that died (that kinda shows its not ammonia/nitrate). But curiously enough, ONE of the rcs did die for unknown reasons. All in all, im having a horrible experience and wondering why me. I get I should have quarantined, but guess i wanted to roll the dice and get the fish into their home asap, i trusted my store alot.