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Old 10-21-2012, 06:53 PM   #1 
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Exclamation My brother's sorority needs your help!

Hi everyone! I'm filling this out for my brother, who has been losing girls since the middle of last week. I've done everything I can to help, and just cant figure this out. Hopefully some of you can help!

My brother's tank was stocked as follows
CT green girl "Gigi"
new white girl unnamed
copper HM "Sterling"
yellow grizzle VT girl "Pineapple"
white and pink VT "Derpina"
blue and orange mustard gas VT "Coral"
white/mint green CT "Casper"
5 amano shrimp, added Friday.
3 Julii Corydora catfish, added two-three weeks ago

This is a planted 10gal tank with two pieces of Malaysian drift wood, java ferns, hornwort, wisteria and anubias.

Housing
What size is your tank?
Planted 10gal

What temperature is your tank?
84 degrees
Does your tank have a filter?
Yes
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
No
Is your tank heated?
Yes
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?
3 Julii Corydoras, 5 amano shrimp

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
Aqueon Betta food (pellets
How often do you feed your betta fish?
once a day, every day

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
weekly, on Weds or Tues

What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
30%

What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?
API Stress Coat, API Stress Zyme

Water Parameters:
Have you tested your water?
Yes, used a strip test, and a liquid ammonia test.
If so, what are the following parameters?

Ammonia: 0-0.25ppm
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:0-0.15
pH:6
Hardness: 180
Alkalinity: Unknown

Symptoms and Treatment

How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
Coral was very pale, Gigi was kinda pale but not to the extent of Coral.

How has your betta fish's behavior changed?

This started last Tuesday with a supposed healthy new white female betta. The day after adding her, she hung out at the surface of the water, lethargic, rapid breathing not eating, then died later that night. We attributed this to stress, as sometimes happens with new fish.
The next one to die was Gigi who displayed the same symptoms on Wednesday, and died friday.
Next up was Coral, who was displaying none of these symptoms and appeared completely healthy. She was discovered dead on Saturday around 2pm.
Then on Friday Sterling started acting weird, not eating, staying in one corner of the tank only moving to get air. I was finally able came over and diagnosed Sterling with Dropsy, as she was pine coning. We started dosing the tank with Maracyn II as recommended on this site.
Saturday/friday night one shrimp died.
Today, Sterling, Pineapple, and Casper have disappeared, and all shrimp are dead.

When did you start noticing the symptoms?

Wednesday last week.

Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?

Adding the recommended doses of Maracyn II starting yesterday.
Told my brother to do a big water change, and remove as much as he felt comfortable.
While doing the water change, he removed Derpina, and found Casper alive and well.
All corydoras are fine and have had no problems.

Does your fish have any history of being ill?

No, as this is a relatively new tank.

How old is your fish (approximately)?

Under a year. All fish were bought at either Petco or Petsmart.

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Old 10-21-2012, 07:17 PM   #2 
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Is it possible that the new fish had a disease that spread? Did you quarantine her before she went into the sorority tank?
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She was not quarantined. Mostly my fault, I've never had an issue like this before. This is probably the source, but the big question is how do we fix it, and why havent the corydoras been affected?
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Come on guys! We really need your advice! Is there anything we can dose the tank with besides Maracyn II that would help??
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