redmare Posted January 27, 2021 Share Posted January 27, 2021 On Monday, I picked up 15 pristella tetras. I drove down 3 hours to a shop I've been very excited to visit! They travelled well and coloured up within a half hour of settling into quarantine. The QT is a 5 gallon with a little bit of black sand, some rocks and wood for cover but not too much so I can still see everywhere, and some java fern and anubias. Temp 78. I keep snails in it all the time to keep it cycled. On the first day I noticed two had slightly torn/nipped dorsal fins, two or three had fairly clamped dorsal fins, and two or three were quite skinny with sunken in tummies. On Tuesday, I fed them in the afternoon and they all ate great, they're such veracious eaters! Very fun to watch. But in the evening, I saw a dead one. He had a clamped dorsal and was one of the skinny ones, but no obvious signs of disease or anything. I added 1 TBSP of salt, just kind of a mild band-aid dose. I've found that the plants I have in there are fine with salt up to 1 TBSP per 2 gallons. Today, Wednesday morning, I woke up to another dead one that must have died early in the night since the snails had already been enjoying it. There's a third one that's floating around the tank like a leaf, kind of swirling about with the water movement, but still quite alive. He got wedged in some moss and has been stuck there for a little bit now, still alive. I doubt he'll make it. He's also very skinny. There's one more that's still active with the rest but has a clamped dorsal, so I wouldn't be surprised if he goes too. All the others are looking really good though- coloured up very nicely, wide happy fins, eating super well, not sunken in bellies. They're still pretty shy when there's no food to lure them out but I think that's to be expected. Is there anything else I should be doing? I have kanaplex but that's the only "real" medication I have or can get. Is this fairly normal fish loss? I've never actually gotten this many fish at once before, so is it just an odds thing? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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