1. Size of tank?
2. Water parameters
d. pH, KH and GH?
pH 7.2, GH 120 ppm
e. Test kit?
Mardel test strips
4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)?
5. How long the aquarium has been set up?
6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are
they? How long have you had them?
Black neon tetras (5), neon tetras (12), harlequin rasboras (9), glowlight tetras (2), spotted corycats (6), German Blue ram (1, male)
Except for the GBR (which I added last December), I've had all the fish since July / August, 2011. Initially I added 2 male GBRs and then 1 female GBR in January. The dominant male killed off the females after courting for a while. Then it really beat on the other male. So I gave that one away. However, the remaining male lost color really quick and is a pale comarison to what it used to be...even after 2 months.
7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first
batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the
8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants?
Lots of live plants. Anubias, anacharis, hornwort, various cryptocorynes, java fern, java moss, aponogetons, tiger lily, dwarf hairgrass and moneywort.
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom?
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors?
2 pieces of driftwood. small place to hide under one of the driftwood, but no hollow decor.
9. a. Filtration?
Aquaclear 200 and Hydrosponge IV
10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used?
8 hours, three 15W GE full psectrum tubes
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long?
11. a. Water change schedule?
b. Volume of water changed?
15 gallons every week.
c. Well water, tap water, RO water?
9 gallons of 15 gallons is distilled water, rest tap water
d. Water conditioner used?
Yes. Made by Aqueon.
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed?
Usually I get to vacuum about a third of the tank everytime I change the water.
12. Foods? Aqueon tropical flakes and sinking pellets
How often are they fed? 2 times a day, sometimes thrice
13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms?
One of the black neon tetras has two thin red spikes in its anus. If you don't look very carefully, you'd think it was poop. Its like a very fine worm, but doesn't move.
The last time it happened (last week to another black neon terta), the number of spikes started to increase, kinda like a bunch of pins with the pointy side outward. Eventually, there were 2 holes on each side of the anal fin, the size of its eyes ! I euathanized it.
b. Appearance of poop? not sure
c. Appearance of gills? OK
14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? No
b. What meds were used? N/A
15. Insert photos of fish in question and full tank shot if