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Old 01-08-2013, 05:27 PM   #1 
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My sorority fell apart.

All of my girls started breathing heavily.. then they died.. there's only one left. I was wondering what the problem could be. They shared the tank with 3 snails.
Can someone post that fourm for me to fill out?
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:33 PM   #2 
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Here's the form

Housing
What size is your tank?
What temperature is your tank?
Does your tank have a filter?
Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration?
Is your tank heated?
What tank mates does your betta fish live with?

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?
How often do you feed your betta fish?

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?

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

Ammonia:
Nitrite:
Nitrate:
pH:
Hardness:
Alkalinity:

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?
When did you start noticing the symptoms?
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?
Does your fish have any history of being ill?
How old is your fish (approximately)?


But with the breathing heavily especially, do you know what your ammonia levels were and was the tank cycled? I had a tank recently crash and the ammonia spike caused my goldfish to breathe extremely fast almost like they were gasping for breath.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:51 PM   #3 
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Housing
What size is your tank?-10g
What temperature is your tank?-80
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 snails.

Food
What type of food do you feed your betta fish?-Omega one.
How often do you feed your betta fish?-Every other day.

Maintenance
How often do you perform a water change?Weekly. I admit I went from Sunday to sunday. I should go back to every 2-3 days.
What percentage of the water do you change when you perform a water change?-70-80%
What type of additives do you add to the water when you perform a water change?-Water conditioner.

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

Ammonia:0.25
Nitrite:0.25
Nitrate:0.25
pH:Unsure.
Hardness:Unsure.
Alkalinity: Unsure.

Symptoms and Treatment
How has your betta fish's appearance changed?-Kamilia (orange) wasn't swimming or eating, (not even from when I first got her, and she pineconed and was breathing heavily. I decided to put her down.
How has your betta fish's behavior changed?-Heavy breathing, staying at the top or bottom.
When did you start noticing the symptoms?- A few days after I put my 2 new girls in the tank.
Have you started treating your fish? If so, how?-No.
Does your fish have any history of being ill?-No.
How old is your fish (approximately)?-Not sure.

I do also admit when cleaning the decor I used a drop of Dawn in a large tub, because we thought the Clorox was killing them.

I only feed my snails every 2-3 days because they poop a lot.

Also, I changed the water on sunday, but now yesterday, Ema (last one) is getting the same symptoms.
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Old 01-08-2013, 05:53 PM   #4 
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I don't. I also admit I changed the cartrige before I saw the do not change the catrige post.

But it's been up since September or November of last year.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:06 PM   #5 
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If you are getting readings of 0.25ppm for ammonia and nitrite that is saying to me that your tank is not cycled. However, are you sure your nitrates are correct? Generally they are around 10-25ppm.

What are you using to test your water with?

Sounds like to me that it is possibly related to water quality. If you replaced your filter cartridge, there may have been a sudden spike that you didn't pick up on. Then if your current readings are correct, the constant exposure to low level ammonia/nitrite may have been enough to make them quite sick and subsequently die.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:09 PM   #6 
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I can test the nitrates again.

API'S liquid ammonia test kit.

I see.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:32 PM   #7 
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How many girls were in the sorority?
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:33 PM   #8 
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5. Then 3.
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:43 PM   #9 
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What kind of snails? I mean if they were apple and are fairly large and create a lot of waste as I know my boy does, plus the filter cartridge was replaced thus breaking cycle there could have been a big ammonia spike. Either that or have you introduced new fish or plants recently?
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Old 01-08-2013, 06:45 PM   #10 
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Mystery snails. I had ADF'S at some poing.. and I did introduce 2 new girls.
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