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I Might Need Your Help Here.
November 13, 2008
3:47 pm
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I might need some help here. I am not sure what is the matter, but I've lost some fish. And during the absence of your forums /angry.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":angry:" border="0" alt="angry.gif" /> Let me explain what happened. Remember the tube I made for my tropic's? I wrapped it up in some colorless cotton. When it was on the bottom it kept rising, so I burried it with white riversand and very fine white gravel, which already was in the tank. Also the shells , which I used as ballast, were already there. The only NEW things were the tube itself and the cotton. It was okay for a few days and the fish were exploring the tunnels. Then monday morning when I turned on the light in both tanks, I saw my male orange platy dead on the floor in a corner. I pulled it out and had a good look at him, but there was not a mark on him, no scratch, no wound, nothing! /blink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":blink:" border="0" alt="blink.gif" /> One day later I saw my male Micky platy laying on the floor in a corner, with no movement at all. But when I tried to fish him out he came to it and shot away. Like a bullet he swam away to hide himself. I can't catch him, he is too fast, but still he keeps laying quiet on the floor and all you see is his breathing, very shallow. No movement at all. Till you try to catch him, then off he is again. Now since I have a seriously ovedose of platy-fry in the same 60 l. tank, I thought he was just exhausted /wacko.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wacko:" border="0" alt="wacko.gif" /> from all the chasing and stuff. But he is still in a semi-coma-like situation. Yesterday I found one of my Albino cory's dead and the other one was half in coma too, but today he is his usual self again. I have removed the tube last tuesday and I am refreshing the water every day. After the demise of the albino cory I havent seen any dead fish anymore, but the male Micky still is laying on the floor behind some leafs or rocks. Every now and then he moves to another place, but that is all.
And I have 30 or more very young micky-fry, and they keep coming! Some are three days old, some look like they have just been born. I am so confused now! But I guess you guys are too, reading this. There is no logic in it, to me. So, please, give your advice. (No pictures, but there is nothing to show either, because as I said the fiish look just fine, not a mark on them). /unsure.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":unsure:" border="0" alt="unsure.gif" />

November 13, 2008
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I'd suggest a 1/3 water change. (do it asap)

And maybe try some Methylene Blue? (don't put it in before someone else confirms it - I know it helps fish breath thats why I'm suggesting it)

November 13, 2008
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Personally I'd just keep on with the water changes if there haven't been any further losses since removing the tube dear.

Cake or death?
November 13, 2008
11:16 pm
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QUOTE (Matt @ Nov 13 2008, 08:56 PM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
Personally I'd just keep on with the water changes if there haven't been any further losses since removing the tube dear.


No new casualties here yet, but I can't find PapaMick. My Albino Cory though is as good as new.
I am doing water changes every day.

November 15, 2008
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I did another water change today and I think we're out of the woods. No more sick or dead fish and even papamick is moving along a bit better than yesterday. It must have been the tube, because all my tropics are fine since I removed the darn thing. Thx for your help, guys. /wub.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=":wub:" border="0" alt="wub.gif" />

November 16, 2008
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glad things are getting back to normal. where did you get the tube from. it does sound like poisoning to me. but the water changes will have diluted it to a safe level now.

November 16, 2008
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QUOTE (keith565 @ Nov 16 2008, 09:45 AM) < {POST_SNAPBACK}>
glad things are getting back to normal. where did you get the tube from. it does sound like poisoning to me. but the water changes will have diluted it to a safe level now.


It was my fault, entirely. The tube came from our local DIY store, it's a pvc Y tube, overhere it's used in kitchen-sinks. I had it in hot water for a while, but I forgot to check if there was anything inside of. And it was, there where rubber bands to seal the pipes, make them waterproof. I am not familiar with plumbing-terms, so I have to describe the thing as a lay sees it. Also, the cotton threads I wrapped around the nast grey tube were not dyed but they must have undergo somekind of chemical treatment, because where else would the poisoning come from, except from the rubber bands and the pvc of the tube it self.
Everything is cool now. Though I see that my platy's (3 different versions of them) sometimes make a movement that I would describe as twitches, very short and light, like a reflex to some sort of electric-magnetic field. Like when I touch my tv screen or a car-door. Btw, papamick is eating again, though he keeps hiding himself and he's lost his alpha place in the hierarchy of platyland...ehm. platy-lake I mean. /wink.gif" style="vertical-align:middle" emoid=";)" border="0" alt="wink.gif" />

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