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  1. Hello! Tank Info: 23 gallon AOI 3 stage sump filtration with coarse sponge, an absurd amount of ceramic rings, finer sponge, and powerhead. Also running an airstone Stocking: 3 endlers (all male), 16 pygmy corys, 11 CPDs, 5 cherry shrimp, 2 zebra nerite snails Heavily planted Tank age: 4mos/26ish wks Water Parameters: pH: 7.8-8 Nitrates: 20-40ppm (depending on how recently i changed water...typically I change 20% weekly) Hardness: GH-350ppm Nitrite: 0ppm Ammonia: 0ppm KH/Buffer: 300ppm Water Temperature: 74.5 First time poster here. This is my first foray into the aquarium world and I have been experiencing an incredibly frustrating mystery die-off of my endlers. The only fish deaths I have experienced have been with the endlers (I started with 9 male endlers and am down to 3). All 9 seemed 100% for the first 8wks, and then on week 9 one randomly died overnight. No skinniness, no aggression, no sign of camallanus worms, no scale or fin damage, no fin clamping, no fungus, no bent spine, no pineconing, no bloat, no visible external disease other than some very occasional (couple times a week) flashing (currently on wk 4 so 2nd treatment with paracleanse for gill flukes, and the treatment seems to be addressing the flashing in all the fish). The only indicator of an unhealthy fish was 12hrs before death the fish would lay on the substrate instead of swimming around, which is obviously an indicator something is wrong but I have no idea what. As soon as I lost the first fish I tested all my parameters for a spike in ammonia/nitrite/nitrate - nada....Ph or temperature fluctuation - nada. No aerosols have been sprayed around the tank and no new plant or fish additions were made. All fish go through a 3 wk quarantine at my LFS as well (which ik know leaves room for parasites to still be an issue but I have been treating with paracleanse in the display tank and salt in a hospital tank) So I assumed it was something random and maybe just a weak fish. Another couple weeks go by and I lost 2 more. Another week and 1 more. Then 2 more. In each situation the fish that died looked and acted 100%, eating and swimming well, but then 12hrs before death would hang out on the bottom of the substrate then die usually overnight. The deaths have not been tied to any particular food (I feed a rotation of hikari vibra bites, micro pellets, algae wafers, blanched peas, and freeze dried daphnia). No pattern of deaths with water changes. I know that sometimes cities will do an extra strong pulse of chlorine after heavy rain so I always make sure to compensate with a heavier dosage of dechlorinator (i use API aqua essential which is like Prime) and I treat only the new water prior to it being added. But like I said no pattern of death with water changes. I am really at a lost. I do know that my water is extremely hard but if it was the hardness that was hurting the fish and causing some kind of internal organ failure, I would think the pygmy corys and CPDs would suffer but they are all doing fantastic (They were all breed in SoCal in the same extremely hard water so they seem to be used to it). My local fish store (which is really great) has absolutely no idea whats going on. It is very clearly something that is only affecting my endlers as all the other inhabitants are doing great, but I find it so odd considering endlers are suppose to be so hardy and corys and cherry shrimp can be more sensitive. For the last month I've ran a bubbler in addition to the powerhead to make sure it was not a water oxygenation issue (my moss is pearling so I dont its that) but that has not seemed to low the deaths down. I have tried to not throw meds at the fish without identifying what the disease but I have gone through all the levels of the Co-Op Salt treatment in a 10g hospital tank for a couple of the endlers and they still died (no obvious water parameters issues in the hopsital tank either and I ran a cycled sponge filter that I keep in my main display tank). I've held off treating with ich-X, Kanaplex, Maracyn, Jungle Fizz, and Maracyn 2 as I have not see any identifiers to diagnose the problem, but I do have all these meds on hand, in addition to paracleanse, aquarium salt, and prazipro. I have some activated carbon media to run after this treatment of paracleanse in case there is some unknown contaminant killing them (but again I feel like it should damage the other occupants) Currently 2 of the last 3 endlers are doing and looking great, 1 has started to show what I know to be the predicator of death in the last 2hrs (that would be the pictured yellow cobra endler). A part of me is just anticipating I will end up losing all of my endlers and I just need to give up on the species. Current plan is 4-6wks after last death start a 6wk quarantine for some ricefish to replace the endlers. Hoping that whatever killed the endlers doesnt kill them. Any insight or guesses would be much appreciated. I think I've read close to 100hrs of articles, studies, forums, and blogs to identify what is going on and I feel no closer to stopping the endler deaths. Best Jordan As far as what is regularly added to the tank water its only iron (1/2 dosage weekly) and then dechlorinator for water changes. No other ferts or additives
  2. I’ve been off and on with fish for about 6 years now following Aquarium Co-op. Self admittedly I hav been a little lazy recently and I noticed something in my fish that I am not sure should alarm me. Here’s a video of him looking like he is trying to stay in place but keeps elevating up. My guess is fish bladder but I haven’t come across many diseases. What do you think I can or should do for him? (i made a short bc my video wouldn’t upload) I have about 8 cardinal tetras and neons living in a medium planted 75 gallon tank with 4 amaño shrimp and a few nerite snails. He’s the only one with issues.
  3. I bought 5 neon tetras for my 10 gallon tank yesterday. 3 of the 5 are acting normal with good colors while 2 of them are very pale and not interacting with the others. The one in the video is my biggest concern right now. I am afraid it is neon tetra disease but I’m not sure. Any advice for what to do moving forward is greatly appreciated!
  4. hi all i need some help fixing the circulation of my tank as it seems none of the food is going on the pre intake sponge and most of the water it just being blocked. i drew some lines to try and show how it’s flowing, the fan is on as you can tell by the java fern i tried moving it to the middle seemed like the same effect occurs and i tired lowering the flow to no success i’m kind of in a rush to fix this so anyone got a fix?
  5. ‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️Hello I am worried I need help so I got a Apple snail on jun 21 with 3 neon tatres and the same day the neons tatres died to ick and they didn’t tell me they had ick so I don’t know if the snail is sick aswell he has not eaten since jun 21 and I been asking for everywhere but no one helps I have been giving him 2 snail baths a day for 3 days on and each time he didn’t come out and smile comes out his shell everyday and I did the smell test and he is alive my betta in the tank seemed worried for him and the first few days he has been in the tank he was very active and after a week he has not came out his shell he has not moved after that first week and everyday he is kinda out his shell but without his face and then when I give him a air bath he goes back in I really need help…question: is it oki to give snails air baths everyday?‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️
  6. Hello all! This is my first time posting so I apologize if I don't get everything correct the first time. I have a 55 gal planted tank that has been struggling with algae for months now. I have done tons of research, water tests, tried various solutions (adjusting lighting and duration, easy carbon dosing, easy green dosing, increased water changes, etc.). If someone could provide some insight on what this algae is and how I can get it under control it would be much appreciated! I'll share my plant stock below, but I am happy to share any additional information that is needed to help better understand my parameters :). Thanks in advance! My current plant stock is: a large and a small Amazon sword 7 stems of pogostemon stellatus 1 java fern 1 Crypt wendtii green a few val shoots a few stems of bacopa caroliniana
  7. Hello! My name is Lily, my friend just moved and out of nowhere left me his two Betta fish. A male and a female, both in a glass bowl without anything else. I have never had fish and do not know what to do, I am writing here looking for help. I realized the female was clearly being attacked by the male so after reading some web pages I moved her to another bowl and bought them some stuff for their bowls. It have been 4 days since my friend left them with me. Now, I am worried for their health, they do not look like the colorful and healthy Bettas in pictures. Can you please give me your thoughts? The female is the red one, I named her Lady, she have almost no fins. The male is the yellow one, I named him Boy, and his fins look weak. After moving them to different bowls both started acting normal and finally showed their personality, they are lovely fish and now I want to give them a nice life. (But again, I really don’t know how). I bought them some Catappa Indian Almond Leaves (I read it is good for their health) and I also bought API aquarium salt because I read it might help them heal… but I am scare of messing up, it sounds like there are many ways to do things wrong and they might die if you do not know what to do. Should I use the salt? How? Would it really help them? Or should I do something else, or anything at all? P.d: After reading more, in the last few days I have been preparing to get them a 5 gallon tank each, but I will do another post with that topic later, for now, please help me with the concern I wrote above. THANK YOU!!
  8. Hello! My name is Lily, my friend just moved and out of nowhere left me his two Betta fish. A male and a female, both in a glass bowl without anything else. I have never had fish and do not know what to do, I realized the female was clearly being attacked by the male so after reading some web pages I moved her to another bowl and bought them some stuff for their bowls. It have been 4 days since my friend left them with me. Now, I am worried for their health, they do not look like the colorful and healthy Bettas in pictures. Can you please give me your thoughts? The female is the red one, I named her Lady, she have almost no fins. The male is the yellow one, I named him Boy, and his fins look weak. The thumbnail picture is from the day my friend gave them to me, I do not know for how long he had them or anything. I have no tank, my friend had them both in a bowl and I do not own a tank (or any fish related stuff). Right now they are both in separate bowls with water (I used tap water and pour Seachem Prime as instructed). I bought them some Catappa Indian Almond Leaves (I read it is good for their health) and put one in each bowl. After putting them in different bowls they started acting normal and have show their personalities, the food my friend left me is Aqueon Betta Food Pellets, they eat them happily. I also bought API aquarium salt but haven’t use it because I am not sure how and I am scare to make it worst. I also bought some API Bettafix but haven’t use it either, because I don’t know what they have or what is better. (For what I read it is really easy to make things worst and they can die, I really do not want to mess it up) Can you please check their pictures? Please tell me if they look sick to you, if so, do you know what it might be? How can I heal them? Should I use the salt and how exactly? Or should I do something else? Or should I do nothing? Please HELP! Thank you P.d: Now I want to keep the fish and give them a nice life. After reading a lot of web pages this last few days (and finding this forum), I have been preparing to get them a 5 gallon tank each but it takes a lot and is still in the process, I will do another post with that topic later, for now, please help me with the concern I wrote above (their health is what worries me the most right now) THANK YOU!!
  9. I have little white things hoping around on the bottom of one of my tanks. I think they might be water fleas, but I am unsure as they seem to be a lot bigger than the examples I have seen in pictures. Plus they are almost always on the bottom of the tank, not swimming around. I attach a screen capture from a video I took of them. I underline them because they kind of look like small pebbles. I also have a 20 second video, hosted on YouTube, that shows their behavior. I should also note that I have guppy fry and juvenile mollies in the tank and they are not eating these critters. I would appreciate someone confirming these are water fleas, or if not, please help identifying them. Thank you for your time and assistance! John
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