02-24-2014, 08:11 PM
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Originally Posted by mechanical8dragon
I never lost a fish BEFORE i introduces those 4 neons that belly up-ed a few days later and then my betta that grew some fungus of sorts on her and died. Before that I never had an issue and I've had those earlier fish for about 2 weeks except one harly death after i initially introduced them to the tank but after that, nothing. Then the neons, and since then I've had fish deaths every week following. Not as much as 4 at once like the neons, but ya know.. I have my assumptions that the neons brought something in and now everyone is like "FFFFFFF"
Hmmmm, well one thing for sure is that I would not get any new fish until your tank stops having deaths. Gotta eliminate variables if you are ever to fix this problem.
One thing I mentioned earlier was that "sometimes fish die for reasons beyond our control". That doesn't mean that the fish died for no reason - there's ALWAYS a reason why the fish dies. It's easy to tell why some fish die, because they exhibit obvious indicators such as fungus growing on it, or they have mouth rot, or they're covered in ich, etc. What's NOT so easy to determine is when they die suddenly with no obvious indicators. Many keepers look for a scapegoat in this situation - something to pin in on. Really though, that's a shot in the dark. I hate to see people look to the most convenient "reason" and say that must be it, when there's just no way of knowing that. There are all kinds of internal factors which can kill the fish without any symptoms, some of which MAY be a result of the conditions they're kept in. There's no survival of the fittest here - defective fish make it into our tanks. They often die when all the other fish are fine, because they are weak. That's one of the advantages of quarantining. Now in cases where there is an isolated incident, like with a defective fish, that can be all well and good except for the lingering idea that "this" killed the fish. However, when there is a steady string of deaths, one must be a detective and assuming that this or that is the problem is not the way to figure out the cause.
It is entirely possible that the fish have introduced something, especially because you didn't have a problem before. If it were the water itself, like I had inquired about at the beginning of the thread, you would have had problems before you added the neons. I really think you should not add any more fish until you havent had a fish die in a while. When you do, try a new species