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  1. UPDATE: Some of you may have heard about the disease that ran through the tank earlier. I think it was internal parasites of some sort. After a treatment of General Cure it took a few days and then stopped all together. Here is a list of the fish who were not so fortunate: 16 guppies 4 Otocinclus 1 Corydoras habrosus 1 Corydoras pygmaeus (did not die of parasites, but had an infection) Otherwise, everyone else is doing fine now. I've really been enjoying the pearl gourami. He's really big now, and fun to watch. I also collected some fallen leaves, though I do not know how I will use them yet. I'm thinking of a breeding project for pygmy cories, though I don't have the space currently. Thanks for reading!
  2. Haha I've been the same way as well. Looking forward to see your progress on your tanks, and good luck with school!
  3. Hey guys, quick update. Whatever the disease seems to have stopped entirely. No one is looking ill anymore. Thanks for the help everyone!
  4. Thanks so much guys. My only concern with adding crushed coral is with my Corydoras pygmaeus, who have been in the tank and these water conditions for about a year. I know wild caught pygmaeus are used to more acidic pH levels, so I was wondering if they would cope with the change in pH.
  5. @Guppysnail Okay thanks for the idea. Will raising the pH cause stress to the other fish (Corydoras, pearl gourami, flying fox, otocinclus) that could cause them to get sick too? I don't want to risk losing even more. Also, a quick update on the problem. I've treated with API General Cure because I had it available, but it doesn't seem to be helping at all. Paracleanse is on its way here. Whatever the problem is seems to only affect guppies, not the Corydoras, gourami, or flying fox. The one oto left from my recent purchase is showing symptoms now though. The guppies have been dropping like flies now - I've lost at least 15 of them. Mostly males and a few juveniles, but just now a full grown female. They'll look pretty healthy/eating, and then after a few hours one might become lethargic. In less than a day, they lose color and die. Then it happens again. It's really frustrating and I don't know what it is now. Do you think it's still internal parasites? Maybe fish tuberculosis? Wasting disease? Thanks for the help, I really appreciate it.
  6. Yes the pH is out of the tap. However, they have been in these water parameters for around a year now. Yep my guppies are locally raised. The colony has been going in my tank since last year.
  7. Thanks I'll make sure to follow these steps! Thanks for the advice!
  8. My aquarium faces a seemingly endless wave of struggles. My guppies (mostly males, though I don't know if this has much relevance) seem to be dying one by one. Every guppy that dies is very thin and moves lethargically, up until the point where they die. I believe this has a connection with the introduction of three Otocinclus from a chain store of which I (unwisely) did not quarantine. Two of said otos died in the first two days, and the third one survived. This has led me to believe that the otos had internal parasites of some sort before they were introduced. Could this be the case? If so, I have API General Cure which I will start treating promptly. Water Parameters: 150 GH 75 Nitrate 0 Nitrite 0 Chlorine 0 KH 6.4 pH Temperature is kept around 72-74. Would raising it help? Thanks for the help.
  9. Finally found some Corydoras habrosus at my LFS! I've been looking for these for a while! Picked up a school of 5.
  10. I bought erythromycin as well. Unfortunately, the cory had already died by the time I made it home. Thanks for the help anyway. I'll be better prepared next time.
  11. I regret to inform you that the cory died today. And I just picked up Erythromycin and Melafix. Pretty disappointed, but next time I'll be ready. Yeah I checked with the store and apparently it was a condition within their tank. I am closely monitoring the other fish in the tank for any symptoms of disease.
  12. Yeah I added a few otocinclus, two if which died in the first day. The other is doing fine. However, I think the infection might have been there before that. Maybe I left the lights on too long.
  13. I was just about to ask about this! Thank you! I've already ordered Melafix, but read that it might not work. Either way, I'll get the erythromycin.
  14. I am unable to get Maracyn are there any other products that work the same?
  15. Yeah he's been eating. Picture taken as he was foraging for food in the plants. Thanks! Should I treat the whole tank? The only other tank that I have available for quarantine is a 5 gallon bucket. Also, if I do move him, will it stress him out?
  16. I do not know if they are wild caught. They've been in the tank for almost a year now, with no problems.
  17. I noticed a red spot on one of my pygmy cory's underside. It is acting normally, but I am concerned it might be a disease of some sort. I read somewhere that it's an infection, but don't know what to do about it. Any ideas? Thanks. Parameters seem to be as follows: - 75 GH - 75 Nitrate - 0 Nitrite - 0 Cl - 0 Carbonate - 6.4 ph
  18. I noticed a red spot on one of my pygmy cory's underside. It is acting normally, but I am concerned it might be a disease of some sort. I read somewhere that it's an infection, but don't know what to do about it. Any ideas? Thanks.
  19. Hey there! I'm a cory nerm too. Looking forward to watching your projects progress!
  20. Hey there again, time for another update: The gourami is still doing great! I have noticed him chase some of the very small guppies (though he is too slow to catch them), so I will keep an eye out on his behavior. Otherwise, no updates for the 29 gallon except for an abundance of assassin snails. I also think I found the reason why my cories aren't breeding. I think it is because (at least in the case of the paleatus cories) that they are all from the same family (the dad and then his children, as the mom passed already) and don't/can't interbreed. Do you think adding another member to their group might help? Another reason might be because there are too many fish in the tank and they feel like it is too crowded/risky to lay eggs (same goes for the aeneus cories, who did once lay eggs but it was right before I came home so they were all eaten up by guppies and assassin snails when I got there, I'm still pretty mad about that!). The only solution to this problem would be to get rid of more guppies, whose population keeps coming back after I sell a bunch. For my 10 gallon, it is doing fine, though the original mother-of-all-guppies just passed yesterday. I am still going to try to get rid of the flying fox, but I am still debating on how to go about doing this, which I'll explain in a separate post. I plan on sticking to guppies in here, but might try some cories, I'm thinking maybe juliis or pandas (unfortunately not to breed, because of the abundance of assassin snails in this tank). Finally, we have a spare 5 gallon aquarium with only a nerite snail in it. We plan on getting a few white cloud mountain minnows to start breeding in here. Is this a good idea? Would this tank be too small? Thanks for reading!
  21. So you're saying Pepper the cat is actually a peppered cory cat?
  22. Sorry for the late response. Although I haven't bred pygmy cories, nor similar species, I have read on how to go about doing so. I found that if you keep them in a species-only tank, and use the traditional "cooler-water change" method, they will breed by themselves. They also won't eat eggs or fry I heard, provided that there is some plants or moss for the babies to hide in.
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