1. Size of tank? 10 Gallon Quarantine
2. Water parameters
a. Ammonia? 0
b. Nitrite? 0
c. Nitrate? 5-10
d. pH, KH and GH? Low Range PH 7.6, High Range PH 7.4
e. Test kit? API Freshwater Master
3. Temperature? was 78, now 84
4. FW (fresh water) or BW (brackish)? Fresh Water
5. How long the aquarium has been set up? 6-8 Weeks
6. What fish do you have? How many are in your tank? How big are they? How long have you had them?
These are Von Rio or Flame Tetra.
I initially got 6, then 8 more to add to my 65 Gallon tank.
I got the first batch of 6 on Sunday 3-3-13 and the second batch of 8 Tuesday 3-5-13
7. Were the fish placed under quarantine period (minus the first batch from the point wherein the tank is ready to accommodate the inhabitants)?
This is the second group of fish in the quarantine tank, after a Dwarf Gourami
8. a. Any live plants? Fake plants? Lots of live plants, 4 swords, lots of Water Sprite both planted and floating, floating Hornwort, Water Wisteria, Java Moss, Java Fern
b. Sand, gravel, barebottom? Playsand
c. Rocks, woods, fancy decors? Any hollow decors? a few rocks that came in with some plants in the little plastic baskets
9. a. Filtration? yes
b. Heater? yes
10. a. Lighting schedule? What lights are used? Phillips Aquarium and Plant Light, being kept off right now
b. Any sunlight exposure? How long? Not really
11. a. Water change schedule? Once a week
b. Volume of water changed? 33%
c. Well water, tap water, RO water? Conditioned Tap
d. Water conditioner used? Aqueon
e. Frequency of gravel/sand (if any) vacuumed? Every Week
12. Foods? pellets, flakes
How often are they fed? once per day
13. a. Any abnormal signs/symptoms? The only symptom was on one fish who was laying on his side an breathing hard. When disturbed it would right itself a swim normally for a few minutes before slowly spiraling down to gasp on the bottom again. It got up and ate when food was introduced
b. Appearance of poop? lots, dark brown
c. Appearance of gills? pink
14. a. Have you treated your fish ahead of diagnosis? A couple seemed to have ich so I treated for that
b. What meds were used? 2 Tablespoons Aquarium salt and temp raised to 84 degrees
On Sunday I elected to remove a dwarf Gourami from quarantine after 3 weeks and add him to his display tank.
I went to my LFS to get the Von Rio (Flame) tetra I wanted for my new 65 gallon tank, they only had 6 so I got them and ordered 7 more.
When I got home (They were in an insulated lunch bag) I removed the Gourami and began acclimating him in the display and began acclimating the tetra. I used my standard method of floating the bag and adding tank water every 10 minutes for a half hour or so. Both acclimations seemed to go well.
That evening all 6 of the tetra ate, but 1 of them seemed a little "hidey" but I though that was due to one more aggressive fish letting it be known that he was going to be the king tetra.
The next morning (Monday) one of the tetras was dead, I put it down to stress and aggression, called the LFS and upped my order to 8 fish.
Monday evening all the fish seemed fine, the smallest one was hiding by the heater, but I again assumed aggression and was hoping the forthcoming fish would provide stress relief.
Tuesday morning all seemed well, I got a call during the day that my fish were in so I stopped by after work and picked them up.
When I got home 2 more of the original 6 were dead. At this point I SHOULD have taken the 8 new ones back to the store and told them what was going on, but I still had stress and aggression on the brain so I put the new fish in with the originals.
Wednesday morning a fourth fish was dead.
Wednesday evening a fifth looked dead. When I went to scoop him out he righted himself and swam away. He ate when I added some food to the tank. But he kept spiraling down to the floor of the tank and lying there so I euthanised him.
I noticed that a couple of the fish appeared to have ich, so I added 2 tablespoons of Aquarium Salt and upped the temperature to 84.
Thursday morning an 6th fish was dead. I hoped that these were all the original 6 and that perhaps it was some environmental factor and not disease but when I got home from work 2 more were dead for a total of 8 casualties thus far.
I am at a loss, no symptoms that I can detect, just deaths.
I am horrified and saddened at this and am truly at a loss as to what to do, any and all suggestions would be appreciated.