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Old 05-18-2012, 05:40 AM   #1 
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Unhappy Vey Sick Cory =(

hi, we've had a tropical tank set up for 4 weeks now. all fish are perfect except one cory we noticed seems unwell. no amonia spike has occured until the reading of 1 tonight, water change will occur tomorow along with adding carbon and zeolite to the filters existing ceramic stock.

Housing
What size is your tank? 90L (approx 24 gallons)
What temperature is your tank? 26 degrees (approx 78.8 fahrenheit)
Does your tank have a filter? yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? yes
Is your tank heated? yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with? 6 guppies, 2 other salt and pepper corys, 2 bristlenoses, 1 mystery snail, 3 albino corys

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish? hikari algae wafers for bristlenoses and snail, hikari sinking wafers for corys, nutrafin fish flakes and superbits flakes for the guppies, we've also had a zuccini bit for the snail.
How often do you feed your betta fish? cory's and guppies once daily, bristlenose and snail once every second day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change? twice weekly
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change? 25% wed, 50% wed
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change? seachem prime, seachem stability and once a week seachem flourish for the plants

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water? If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia:1
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:0
pH:7.6
Hardiness how do you find this out
Alkalinity: ? how do you find this out

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your cory fish's appearance changed? no
How has your cory fish's behavior changed? yes not moving and if he does seems drunk
When did you start noticing the symptoms? hour ago
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how? quarantines him in new water with drop of prime and stability (in cup floating in tank to maintain temperature)
Does your fish have any history of being ill? no
How old is your fish (approximately)?we've had him a week

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so so much!
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:50 AM   #2 
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I've never kept a cory... but a reading of 1 for ammonia is a big issue, generally there should be a WC done if there is ever a reading above .25.

I'm just assuming that cories can't tolerate ammonia like bettas.
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:56 AM   #3 
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yeah we've actually just done the water change, the curious thing is in 3 weeks this is the first reading we've had, and we've tested virtually every day, the other 5 cories are totally fine and we've had our sick little one in a new cup of conditioned heated water for about an hour and seen no change at all. it's come on too suddenly and too specified to only him for me to think of amonia alone... i dunno...
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Old 05-18-2012, 06:36 AM   #4 
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ok so now he's laying on his side in the cup, still breathing slower than the other cories but it doesn't look laboured, he's a bit bloated.... but not floating..... help :(
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