this is going to be longer than normal post. First I apologize for any mistakes English is my second language.
Now i have 2 tanks that are 10 gal and I have a feeling something is wrong but can not indicate what, reading around the internet so I decided if I post may be I can gather some opinions of you guys and go from there. I will fill out the chart you have for both tanks.
Here is a summery of the problems.
Tank one is my main tank. There was a female sword tail fish that had 1 bright red bloody looking dot on her. Did not look like it is under her skin, there was nothing white or fuzzy on it. After giving birth /I did not find any fry from it/ she kept hiding in the plants and I saw her 2 times laying on the air stone. Just as she would lay on the bottom, looked like heavy breathing and she would stay in the bubbles like this. Then this red dot showed up. I freaked out and euthanized her... then I treated the tank in general with tetra life guard. No other fish was sick, now my male sword tail is doing the same thing- laying near the air stone and breathing heavy. He is bright red so I can not notice anything wrong with him, the only thing that I have noticed is his top fin seems to be nipped also his poop is bright red. I have a male molly that has been a little bully lately and I was thinking he might of stressed out my sword tail, also I changed the lighting of the fish tank so now it is stronger lights -I am not sure if the sword tail guy is sick or no. All other fish seems happy and healthy. All of them eat when fed including him, he keeps eating with no problem.
Fry tank. I added some guppies to it out of another tank I own and the problems started... First thing I am noticing is some of the fish is flashing not very often usually morning when I turn on the light. I lost a young pregnant guppy without any signs of disease last week.Today I lost an old guppy that first lost coloration, then I noticed she is turning white- no spots just her entire color kind of faded- last night her top fin had something white and looked like fungus but was kind of hanging there on strings, the fin was gone from what I noticed... It was New Years Night /Happy New Year/ So i did not have time to deal with her, today I found her dead... so that is very alarming to me, when I examined her dead nothing looked wrong but I also could not take a good look. I have 2 other old guppies in the tank that are alive I`d say around 1 year old- both have not been pregnant for over 2 months. One fish start having crooked back and the other just has no belly left- looks very skinny. Both of them look good in color no spots, no flashing, their colors are shiny and they swim normal and are active. I have noticed that only the young guppies are flashing not the old once. There is one molly that keeps her tail clamped very often. She started doing that after I added the guppy- not sure if this is related. They were perfectly healthy before I moved them to the new tanks, i have had all these guppies for at least 7 months and the younger once are raised in the fry tank. I have not added any new fish at all from a store. The plants are live in both tanks and have been added about 4 months ago. I have not had any problems before that so now I am not sure what is going on. Also all problems start showing once I switched fishes between tanks. I can not determine if it is that the fish tank had something that got on the fish or the fish had something on them that moved to the tank and if there is in fact something wrong with the tank itself or it is that my older fish is actually getting old and their immune system is giving up on the. All molly on the other side seem to be doing just great /cross my fingers, also all the sword tail fry is growing pretty good too- I have not lost any fry, so it seems to be a problem only with the adult sword tail and guppies in both tanks/.
Sorry for the long post just wanted to be detailed and explain the situation.
I do add salt in both tanks my live plants are good with brackish water. I add about 1 or 1,5 tbs per 10 gal, I know I should do 2 but I want to leave myself some space for mistakes, because from what i understand- every time I change water I should add more salt, I change about 30 % of the water so I do not want to drop more salt than what I need, I try to add about that amount 1 time a week and I do 2 or 3 water changes a week because I am a little overstocked with all this fry.
I am considering doing another treatment for both tanks with tetra lifeguard because I think it is a good general measure, I have used it in the past for treatment combined with salt and it did help sick fish to recover. I have not started the treatment yet, because I want to read a little before starting. It bothers me that it is possible for the medicine to kill my beneficial bacteria in both tanks and I may have to cycle the tanks all over again... this is not such a big deal though because my other concern is I want to make sure the fry is not sick before i take it to the store, i know the guys there do cell it to people so I don`t wanna transfer diseases to other people
Thank you for reading this all help would be appreciated
Happy New Year
Main tank and Fry tank
1. What is the size of your tank?
- 10 Gal - both
2. What are your water parameters? State the brand of test kit used.
- API freshwater master test kit -both
PH- 6.8 /main tank/- 7/ fry tank/
Ammonia - main tank- 0.5, fry tank 0,25
I do water changes every other day or once every 2 days to control the ammonia, I think I am jst overstocked with all this fry...
3. Is your aquarium set up freshwater or brackish water?
I add API salt but is set up for fresh water
4. How long the aquarium has been set up?
- 8 months /main/, about 4 months/fry tank/
5. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?.
3 dalmatian molly- 2 full grown one still stays smaller / have had them at least 5 months/
1 balloon molly- full grown /have had him at least 8 months/
2 young male guppies- with the tail I`d say about 0.6 inches /1.5 cm/ are about 4 months old- home grown
3 fry sword tails- about 3 months old- home grown
1 male sword tail- with the sword comes to 1,5 inch /4 cm/- have had him for at least 4 months
1 female sword tail- young under 1 inch /about 2 cm/ at least 4 months old home grown
3 young guppies - 2 are 4 months old under 1 inch, 1 is about 2 months old- home raised
3 adult guppies- have had them for 8 months- full grown in size over 1 inch
1 adult molly- have had her 8 months about 1 inch
6 molly/sword tail fry- under 1 inch, were born at my main tank about 2 months old
/all fry is gonna be removed and given to a LFS once I determine my fish is not sick for sure, I know the tank is overstocked/
6. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?
7. What temperature is the tank water currently?
- 82 F = 27C both
8. Are there live plants in the aquarium?
-yes /both tanks/
9. What filter are you using? State brand, maintenance routine and power capacity.
- using a hydro sponge filter pro 2 or 3 not sure was told in the store it is good for 30 gal tank- I wash the sponge in fish tank water at least 1 time a month- both tanks
10. Any other equipment used (aside from heater and filter which are two very important components of the tank)?
- no other equipment
11. Does your aquarium receive natural sunlight at any given part of the day? What is your lighting schedule (assuming you do not rely on sunlight for our viewing pleasure)?
- no sunlight whatsoever, I keep my lights on at least 12 hours a day, all my plants are slow growing low light plants- both tanks
12. When did you perform your last water change and how much water was changed? How often do you change your water? Do you vacuum the substrate?
Both tanks- today. Change water every other day or every 2 days, usually just test for ammonia every other day and if there is ammonia I do water change. I change anywhere between 15% to 50% depending on the ammonia level. I suck the poop of the bottom but do not use a special vacuum for it.
13. What foods do you provide your fish? What is the feeding schedule?
- both tanks I feed 1 time a day, rarely 2 times, 1 day a week I keep them hungry, I feed them flakes, dry blood worms and sea weed from time to time, also I add algae tablets - the molly love them. Main food is the flakes some days I just feed them the dry blood worms and sea weed instead.
14. What unusual signs have you observed in your fish?
- I explained them above
15. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? If so, what treatments did you use? State your reasons for planning ahead of proper diagnosis.
Main tank I treated with Tetra Lifeguard 2 weeks ago.
Fry tank has not been treated ever so far, I just added salt with todays water change and this is pretty much it.
I would like to know if there is a problem with my tanks, what is it, how can I fix it... It is weird because I have not had any problems with them and out of now where this signs showed up. So I would like to correct the problem if there is such.
Thank you again for reading