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  1. TLDR; What do I need to do before restocking a tank that had Neon Tetra Disease in it? 15 gallon tank with 13 long fin White Clouds (originally, down to 5 currently), also 3 ammano shrimp, a bunch of snails. Planted. Nitrates usually 20-40, 0 nitrites and ammonia, rock hard water (19 deg?), 72-ish degrees. I got this group of WCs from a breeder almost a year ago. I made a rookie mistake and tried to save on QT meds and quarantined them with some Petsmart Endlers that had callamanus worms. Went through a whole lot of work to clear that up with levamisole and didn't loose any of the WCs and everything was fine for several months. But then one day I found a corpse. I lost another a few months later. A few months later I noticed white lumps under their skin of all of them. Some got dropsy before passing away, some got bent spines. I did another round of quarantine trio and then a full treatment of ich-x and maracyn. Now I'm down to 5 (and several of those are soon to pass). I feel like the signs are pretty solid that they have NTD and I'm not sure if they came that way from the breeder and it's just taken this long to take them down or maybe those sickly endlers gave that to them as well. But I'm resigned that they will likely all pass soon enough. So my real question is what will I need to do to the tank before I can safely put new fish in it? Can I just run it without fish for a month or two and then restock? Do I have to break it all down and bleach it all? Can the shrimp/snails/plants go into other tanks without problems? I had broken up some larger plants from this tank and put them in other tanks (before I realized what I was dealing with), should I assume those tanks are contaminated now too? How do I move on from here? Thanks
  2. I’ve always been told Cardinals are astronomically harder to keep than neons, the latter of which seeming to be the staple beginner fish to get. Is this true? If so, what exactly about them make them hard to keep? I wouldn’t consider myself a beginner, but not an expert by any means. Both species are gorgeous regardless but I was just wondering about what exactly it was that made the difference
  3. Ok so I have a 60g that’s been up and running for a year. water parameters: pH - 7.9 Nitrates - 20 Hardness - 7.5 Nitrite -0 Ammonia - 0 KH/Buffer - 5 Water Temperature - 79 inhabitants: 11 neon tetra (been in tank whole time) 1 pearl gourami (10 months) M and F apisto caucatoides (6 months) 3 sterbi cories (1 year) 5 khuli loaches (1 year) 1 super red bristlenose pleco (1 year) 2 Bolivian rams (10 months) 1 silver hatchet fish (10 months) 1 pearl scale marble angel (3 months) 4 golden wonder killi (1 month) nerite snails, MTS, Amani shrimp Over the last month to six weeks I’ve noticed my neon tetra school’s tails looking pretty beat up too nearly missing. At first it was just one that looked really bad and almost like tumor or a wound at the end of the tail before it forked out when I was ready to pull him and medicate it started looking better and the tail had started growing back. There is still a bump and tail is not all back but doesn’t seem bothered. But now there are maybe 5 with beaten up tails. they still look ok otherwise, are eating, schooling and swimming relatively ok. I don’t see anyone chasing anybody around or nipping at anyone the Bolivians will half-heartedly spar sometimes, the bristlenose will chase anyone away from his piece of food, and the female apisto is cranky even though she and the Male pay little attention to each other and she mostly goes after the gourami or angel if they invade her part of the tank for the day. I tried to take pictures but funny enough neon tetras don’t want to stay still for pictures. Is it fin rot, NTD, or fin nipping? How do I tell the difference? Should I just do a full course of maracyn on the whole tank? Thanks
  4. Hey everyone, I was wondering if my fish have NTD. I have some neons that have been suffering from white patchy stuff for about 6+ mouths. Salt & erythromycin had no effect on it. Could it be NTD? THANKS
  5. 0 ammonia 0 nitrites 10 nitrates Ph 7.4 Gh 8° Temp 79° I’ve had my 10 neon tetras since June and they were fine until a few weeks ago when I noticed one or two of them becoming very skinny and isolating from the group. Their gills looked like they were protruding. They were in a 55g community tank but I have moved them all into a 10 gallon quarantine tank. I am now down to 7 neons and a couple more that are very skinny, one is missing an eye as of a couple days ago and the others have bumps/knots on their stomachs. I’ve treated with multiple parasitic meds with no luck.
  6. 10 Gallon planted "quarantine" tank with 3 amano shrimp, 3 painted platies, various snails, and 3 small neon tetras that I was planning on adding to a 15 gallon tank with 6 other neons. After about 2 weeks I started to notice one of the neons started to get a white bump on the side of it's mouth and another looked to have some white on the top part of its tail. I then dosed the tank with API melafix and pimafix according to instructions (daily for 7 days, then 25% water change). During treatment, it looked like the growth on the mouth had been slowly growing, to the point I could definitely tell it had gotten bigger by the end of the treatment. I proceeded to treat the tank with API E.M. erythromycin according to the directions (one packet, wait 24 hours, add another packet, wait 24 hours, 25% water change, repeat, then add carbon). It's only been a day since end of treatment, and I have not seen any decrease in the growth or the fin getting better. I'm just worried that if it is Neon Tetra Disease, that it could affect the third neon. Any recommendations would be great. I've been thinking about setting up a true 10 gallon quarantine tank with just a seasoned sponge filter and no live plants, then trying aquarium salt. Thanks in advance! pH - 7 to 7.2 Nitrates - 40 ppm Hardness - gh 150 ppm Nitrite - 0 Ammonia - 0 KH/Buffer - 40 ppm Water Temperature - 75 F
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