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cvarcher 01-17-2003 09:58 PM

I have a live plant/community tank and the water quality is excellent.In it there are 6 rummynose tatras,3 pristellas,5 harlequin rasboras,and cardinal tetras.The Cardinals are getting a bad case of ich yet the other fish are free of it.I am losing 1 or 2 a day!Water temp was a little on the low side so I stabilized it to 75-77.Kh hardness is 4,Ph =6.0,NO3 < 2ppm,0=Ammonia. Whats wrong?

SNPiccolo5 01-17-2003 11:08 PM

Cardinal tetras are very sensistive for tetras, so that is probably why the other fish are doing better. Make sure everything is stable when you first acclimate them.

-Tim

Skysong 01-18-2003 03:47 AM

Cardinals are a very touchy species. I hope you sort out your problem soon!

shalu 01-18-2003 07:01 AM

Did you aquire the cardinals recently? I have also found initial acclimation is difficult(they are wild caught and have gone through a lot of stress) and had a lot of them die. However, the survivors will live forever if water quality is good. So it might not be your fault and don't give up hope yet. Next time I get more cardinals, I will put them in quarantine/hospital first, much easier to treat that way.

cvarcher 01-19-2003 12:23 AM

Yep down to 2 from a dozen.Temp is stabilized.Thanks for the support.I found something else real nice---see my next post.

shalu 01-19-2003 03:09 AM

My final count is 4 survivors out of 18. At least I did not pay a high price for them, 6 for $5. I put a lot of blame on the way LFS housed them. They had a huge tank with hundreds of cardinals and rummy nose together. Image how customers have to catch them in net and separate them and pick and choose... extremely stressful for the fish. The survivors have been doing great. I have 8 rummy nose left out of 18.

cvarcher 01-19-2003 02:45 PM

Are doing great,thats why I was wondering why the problem with the cardinals.The rummy nose also had some ich but it went away and didnt return to them. I ended up replacing the cardinals with those neon diamond tetras which are really beautiful.I think theres one cardinal left and no ich on him(her).


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