Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Space Coast, Florida
so i have no idea what happened. i think maybe the kuhli loaches hit a couple air pockets of anerobic bacteria while digging under the sand. In any case the tank is stable again, but the losses are terrible.
The first and hardest loss is my Double Red agassizi. as far as indiviual fish go, he was my favorite i've kept to date. i watched him give his last burst of energy before he passed. i didn't want to believe that he indeed had passed, i left him in the tank for a couple hours thinking he would come back to life and be okay, sadly that was just wishful thinking. Both of his females passed the next day, i'm not surprised by this, and honestly a little grateful. i'm not forced into getting another double red down the road should i decide to get another dwarf cichlid for that tank, i really want to, but i have my doubts as to if it would work again.
i also lost two or three hillstreams, one sewellia, and one gastromyzon for sure. i'm unsure if i lost another gastromyzon as i hadn't yet determined the difference in the 3 of the same speices. i was sad to see the gastro and sewe go as the two i lost had kind of paired off as friends, and spent most of their time hanging out near each other, and never battled. the gastro was the largest of the ones i had recently picked up (slightly larger than my sewellia) and i never for certain determined his scientific name. the sewellia was the only black and white (or silver) one i had ever seen at the lfs. i also lost of my white clouds, while i do love those little fish, it didn't make me near as sad the other losses.
probably the second saddest loss in all of this was my albino cory. he was one of the first fish i bought when i got into the hobby, and was very large. he was never camera shy in the early days, and i have quit a few good photos of him. its very very hard to lose a fish like that, when i got him he was tiny, maybe still a juvie, and i had no idea just how big cories could get. that was a rough lose for me.
in a unrelated loss to the ammonia, i also lost nearly all of my panda cories. my double red kept chasing them into the intake of one of my power heads, and i couldn't figure out why. until, while reading up on other dwarf cichlids i found a spot about breeding them, that mentioned that cories like to eat fish eggs. it all clicked after that.
in the last week and a half i lost a grand total of 18 fish (8 being the newly added ottos). what baffles me through all of this is i did not lose one single shrimp. not one amano, not one bamboo. wtf? bamboos, IME, are the first to go. it doesn't make any sense to me.
the only brightside to all of this loss, is it makes room for the new, and shockingly i have found new already. the day after ammonia stopped showing i found gastroyzom on aquabid!!!! and not the silly spotted common ones. stripped ones that i had never seen before!!!!
i bought them! they will arrive on friday. i know that this close after a huge loss like this, adding new fish probably is not the smartest idea...but i can't pass this up. i've been looking twice a day for around three months for these guys to show up anywhere, and they finally did! its almost like it was supposed to happen this way (maybe not, but i've never lost fish like that before). i will continue to monitor the tank, until they arrive. i also picked up a UV sterilizer (on clearance :-D) that i am going to run for the days leading up the fish coming in just to be safe.