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post #1 of 6 Old 04-18-2012, 01:49 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Sick Guppy??

Hello all, this is my first post on this forum but I've been following for awhile now. Anyways, I have a 20 gallon community tank with 5 zebra danios and 5 guppies. 4 of the guppies were added a few days ago and one of them has been swimming near the surface in nearly the same spot. He's been doing this for about 24 hours now and pretty much only moves when his tank mates start bothering him. He also has not eaten. At first I thought maybe something was wrong with the water so I tested and all the paramaters are normal. None of the other fish are acting in this way, they are all swimming around normally. Should I remove him from the tank? Help!!

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post #2 of 6 Old 04-18-2012, 09:44 PM
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Hi CamsMom. Sorry for your fish troubles!
And Welcome to TFK. We're glad you finally joined and posted!! Sorry it has taken so long for someone to answer. Sometimes the questions are hard to answer.
How long has your tank been set up? Is it fully cycled? Real or fake plants?
When you say "normal" can you give us actual numbers?
Am, NI, NA, PH and the temperature the tank is set at.
What type of testing do you do? Test strips or liquid?
Number of gallons?
Any other inhabitants in there besides what you listed?
Can you describe how you introduced these fish? the steps?
If you remove him... where would you put him?
Remember the stress of being netted, bagged, shook around, and shipped to the store, and home from it... is VERY stressful. Some just don't take well to it and need time to settle in and others just don't make it. Netting him again will just be more stressful in my opinion. Sometimes turning off the lights and keeping things as quiet and calm as possible for the first few days may help too.
Good luck. Keep us posted!!

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 08:22 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you for replying!! I guess I should have included the answers to your questions in my original post lol! So I have a 20 gallon that's been set up for 7 weeks now. After letting the filter, heater, and air pump run for a week I put the 5 danios to get the cycle started since I had read that danios were a hardy fish and were ok to start cycling with. I added a guppy a few weeks later then about a week ago added the other 4. I have fake plants (hate them lol), the temp is 78 degrees, use test strips and here are those numbers:

Nitrite 0
Nitrate 20
Am .25

I decided to put him in a breeder box in the tank so the others would leave him alone. I've also noticed that his belly is WAY bigger than the others and for a minute I thought it was a pregnant female but he is definitely a he. He survived the night but is just swimming in place and still not eating. I'm about to do a 25% water change to get the ammonia down. Other than that I don't really know what else to do except keep an eye on him....

Sorry that eneded up being so long but thanks again for your response!
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post #4 of 6 Old 04-19-2012, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Update: well the poor little guy fought a hard fight but died this evening. I wish I knew what caused it but I guess we will never know.
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post #5 of 6 Old 04-20-2012, 08:24 AM
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Hi CamsMom
Sorry you lost this fish!
It looks like your cycle is almost finished or likely is. A note on the numbers, please test your tap water too to know your "new" water numbers. Mine has .25 Ammonia out of the tap, so If I tested before and after a water change I cannot possibly add a bucket to the tank and expect the Am number to lower. But its still about knowing your numbers weekly. When your budget allows, try to pick up an API liquid testing kit. The strips can become unreliable due to moisture and humidity getting in.
I also keep a little calender by the tank with all my additions/losses/changes written in it. I can't remember what I did one week to another! LOL
Remember to do things slowly. Take your time making changes. Even tho the tank may be cycled it still takes a few months to mature. Good luck.

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-20-2012, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I know the strips really aren't the best but they will have to do for now. Keeping a calendar near the tank is a great idea!! I had thought about keeping all that info in my phone calendar but actually writing on one is probably better. I am going to test my tap water ammonia level also. Thanks for the tips!! I'm really enjoying the tank and excited about adding to it! Thanks again!
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