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Old 05-12-2013, 09:38 PM   #1
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Albino Cory Problem


I was gone for the weekend and came back today to find the new Cory that I got on Thursday is having some serious problems. I tried looking through the forum for other threads, but his condition is deteriorating rapidly so I really need some help stat.

Here is the situation in a nutshell. My cory swims up to the top like normal but floats down to the bottom and lands either on its back or side and won't move again until it swims to the top of the tank again. Also, it is breathing very heavily. Another point of concern is my other five albino cories are tightly bunched in a corner away from the other one (for what it's worth, they never bunch together and are always active, the antithesis of what's going on here). Lastly, my ammonia is 0-.25ppm (the color is still turning but it seems to be between 0 and .25 shifting towards 0) and my nitrites are 0.

My questions are: 1. What is my cory's problem? 2. What can I do about it? and 3. Should I be concerned about my other cories and/or fish.

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Old 05-12-2013, 09:47 PM   #2
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1. Dying
2. Put it in a hob refugium so he doesn't have to swim all the way back to the top for air. Easier to target feed.
3. Others should be fine.

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It definitely seems as if it's dying. I don't have a refugium and is it at the point where it is just going to die anyways regardless of the refugium?
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Well, you were right about the dying... it's dead I just removed it, but I'm still curious as to why it died and why my other cories are in the corner motionless.
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Old 05-12-2013, 11:42 PM   #5
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My peppers and green cories pile up in the corner as well, and stay there until they either get irritated by the gouramis or until the lights go out and they go looking for food.
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Old 05-13-2013, 02:57 PM   #6
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Why do you have ammonia in the tank? It seems that you should start there.
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Once my test tube finished turning color, it showed that I had 0 ammonia. Still scratching my head a bit, but sometime this happens.
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I would have done a water change, which adds a TON of oxygen to the water. You said he could barely breathe, and kept going to the top of the tank, more than usual?
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Wow, I can't believe I missed your post the other day, whoops. But, it was going to the top of the tank more than usual, but none of the other fish were and were acting normally for the most part. Also, I noticed that cory's strange behavior during a water change.
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Wow, I can't believe I missed your post the other day, whoops. But, it was going to the top of the tank more than usual, but none of the other fish were and were acting normally for the most part. Also, I noticed that cory's strange behavior during a water change.
Sounds like too much chlorine remover, or you over dosed prime. This will remove oxygen....

Some fish are more sensitive than others. What may affect one cory, won't affect the other.
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Fair enough. Although I don't use prime (my water is lacking in chlorine), after questioning why my plants haven't been growing, I did some research and concluded it was do to the aquarium salt I was adding. Interestingly enough, cories are quite susceptible to AS.
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You tested for ammonia, but what about nitrite, nitrates? How much surface agitation is there, could it be lack of oxygen? Any visible infections or injurys, or change in body mass? White poop? Are you dosing the tank with co2 or chems or any sorts? Lacking in chlorine, in what way? What about chloramine ?
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Fair enough. Although I don't use prime (my water is lacking in chlorine), after questioning why my plants haven't been growing, I did some research and concluded it was do to the aquarium salt I was adding. Interestingly enough, cories are quite susceptible to AS.
So you're using well water, or RO? What is the TDC of your tap water?
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I did some research and concluded it was do to the aquarium salt I was adding. Interestingly enough, cories are quite susceptible to AS.
Ding ding ding! We have a winner!

Cats don't do salt. At all.
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Strangely though my other five are doing just fine, and I had one in a "salted" aquarium for five years before it died in December. but at any rate since they're vulnerable to salt and my plants haven't really grown since March (roughly the same time I started the salt regimen, which I thought was due to being choked out by diatoms (is that even possible?)) I'm going to stoop AS. But, do you think I would be safe to go to 1 tsp/ 5 gal. or would I just be better off halting the addition of AS until I have a disease outbreak or something similiar?
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