Join Date: Jan 2014
Location: Cedar Rapids Iowa
Facing total wipeout…feedback welcomed
This has been an awful week. I have had my 150DD up and running stable with healthy fish and no losses. Fish, plants and everything perfect.
I broke my golden rule and added 4 neons and 4 cory's without quarantining over the weekend. By the end of the weekend all newly introduced fish were dead or dying.
Monday I lost a couple of the long term neon's. I decided to go ahead and do a 50% water change (normally do 20% a week). During this water change a towel fell into the tank and was pulled soaking and dripping from the tank.
Tuesday I lost 4 more neons, 2 more cory's.
Today I lost both bristle nose plecos, 2 more neons, and one catfish looks like his eyeballs are about to fall out of his head. Keep in mind all fish look fine, fat and hungry and then boom, dead or dying the next day.
Here is what I have left as of this minute. 2 angelfish that seem happy as can be, ditto for a red tail shark, 2 cory's that appear fine and the final 2 neon tetras that seem "off".
1. I introduced something nasty with the introduction of the new fish. Is there really any disease that could lead to total tank wipeout in days?
2. There was something bad in the tap water on the big water change and it is basically a coincidence that it happened right after I introduced some obviously unhealthy fish.
3. There was some chemical or detergent on the towel and it is basically poisoning the tank.
All expected parameters are fine. Plants look great. My 3 snails look fine.
Theories? Next steps? Wild guesses. I could move the remaining fish to my 27 cube/quarantine but I do have a couple healthy fish in there and hate to blindly start transferring between the tanks. Thanks in advance for any thoughts. Sure isn't helping an already bad week!
*** I should add that I just hooked up my bulk reef reactor today and i am running carbon on the tank as of right now in the hopes it will pull any chemicals if that is the issue.