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  1. Hey all I picked up 6 Sterbai corydoras about 10 days ago. They're my first corys, so I'm learning. The first couple of days they were all over in the water column. Such fun to watch. But over the last 4 or 5 days, they aren't as active. I have 1 in particular that I'm concerned about. He appears to have white stuff on his mouth. I've read Cory's can bruise their barbels or experience barbel erosion, but I'm uncertain if that's what I'm seeing. Most articles/posts don't have pics so it's hard to tell. He's also breathing a bit harder than the others. I'll post a few pics. I have a video of his breathing but can't post it. I just quarantined him to a 5g (cycled). He's alone and very unhappy. Do I keep him quarantined and treat him? Put him back and treat the whole tank? I have API General Cure, Erythromycin, Fin & Body Cure, & Furan-2; Seachem Kanaplex & Metroplex; Jungle Fungus Clear; and PraziPro. Water Parameters: API master test kit pH: 8.2 Nitrates: 30 Hardness: 9 degrees or 161ppm Nitrite: 0 Ammonia: 0 KH/Buffer: 16 degrees or greater than 214.8ppm Water Temperature: 76 Tank: 29g, planted, black diamond sand substrate, running for about 2 years. I do weekly 30% water changes, vac the sand, clean the filters routinely, etc. Tank mates: 2 guppies, 5 harlequin rasboras, 3 amano shrimp (new addition), 1 BN pleco, 1 mystery snail, 1 nerite snail Feeding: tank mates get a mix of floating/slow sinking stuff (like Fluval Bug Bites Betta Formula). While they're busy eating, I drop Fluval Bug Bites bottom feeder formula to the bottom for the corys. I also drop bug bites for plecos, and routinely hang spinach, zuchinni, and algea sheets in the tank for the pleco and snails.
  2. Any advice on Cory Dora with barbel erosion and a little fungus on mouth?
  3. How do you treat a Cory Dora that has lost his barbels?
  4. We purchased our 6 corydoras in groups of 4, (3 died first night), 3 and 2 from different stores over the last three weeks. They are the only ones we'd seen and our purchases may not have been wise. Only one has a full set of barbels, and it's the lone survivor from the first group. We hoped in our larger tank, with weekly water changes they'd recover. We think now we may not be doing enough for them. On the smallest which came home with no barbels, the mouth seems more swollen now, I think, and one of the most recent ones now has red under a fin and gill and popped out eyes, and I don't recall that much red or the eyes like that earlier this week, but, its hard to be sure. Uodated: We just moved the 5 that hang together into a new 10 gallon for quarantine. The 6th we suspect is a different variety, and a special case, so we didn't want to chase him down. If we get an easy chance we'll move him too. Advice on quarantine please: 1 or 2 a day water changes for a week observation before trying a med or salt? Or half or full dose of Maracyn right away? If salt how much for corydoras? I see so much conflicting information on corys and salt. Some other med instead? Parameters in the 75 since we cycled tend to be 74 degrees, 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 20 nitrates. But we struggle with reading those nitrates. So I added pictures of two tests from tonight, with API master kit and a strip test. My recorded parameters over the last month and pics of the two we are most alarmed about. All other fish in tank, 8 larger and 8 smaller black neon tetra, 4 white cloud minnows, 1 red drawf, 1 blue dwarf and 4 honey Gourami appear fine and the Honey Gourami have been making nests. We just had to buy a 2nd 10 gallon for this quarantine because we have just hatched fry in the one we had been setting up. So I really hope the 75 tank is ok, and I really want to heal these Corydoras and provide a good home for them.
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