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Old 12-05-2008, 09:38 PM   #1

i went to dispose of my dead fish, when i noticed there gills working. Now i'm wondering why they are both still alive, and why both are dying at the same time. this misfortune is very fishy... they have been laying on the gravel for 3 days now ( the gouramie 5 ) and they still arent dead. the tetra the other day was swimming like mad comepletely upwards towards the surface to keep level, and not on the ground. As the days go on this mystery is becomming stranger and stranger. why is this taking so long? How are they dying with no ich spots or disease markings? and most of all, why isn't my other fish dying to?

ph 7.4

30 gallon tank
10 percent water changes every week.
fairly new filter.
glass cat, bleeding heart tetra, chocolate gourami
planted ( nine small)
i do not clean gravel very much
2 year old tank

There has also been an extreme increase of snails in my tank, as if from no where. i figure this could have something to do with my fish not swimming . help! time is of the essence! I'm pretty sure though it's not my tank though because my other fish isn't dying... also there breathing seems normal

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Old 12-06-2008, 10:49 AM   #2
Do a real good gravel suck. This will most likely help. If you have rocks or plants move them and do a good gravel suck under them. This is where most food and poop build up.
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Old 12-07-2008, 08:32 AM   #3
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Ok, first of all I need to know the water parameters, as in ammonia, nitrites, and nitrates. What do you mean the filter is fairly new? Did you transfer some old bacteria from a previous filter? I can't be sure yet but it sounds like your having a mini cycle, do an immediate large water change (50%). Then do smaller 25% ones everyday until it is possible to get a water testing kit. I recommend API liquid master test kit, thats tests for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, and pH.
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Old 12-11-2008, 05:57 PM   #4
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the snails probbly came in on your live plants
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