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Old 04-29-2011, 04:16 PM   #1 
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Tux has SBD and Tetras Died

I'm feeling majorly freaked out right now. Between breakfast and now, all but one of my harlequins dropped dead(they were perfectly fine before), and Tux has developed some serious SBD. I don't have epsom salt, but I do have aq salt, which I'm currently using with him. He was in 1 tsp per gallon for a few days to help his fins grow back after he ate them, so I'll just keep him in the salty water.

Tux was floating in the harlequins' tank which was heated to 80*F . He was in a 1/2 gallon tubberware (100% w/cs daily) to try and help him relax and regrow his tail. I'm worried that whatever killed my harlequins might be in his water because of possible cross contamination >.< Either that, or my new aqueon heater killed them somehow.

I'm considering doing a massive water change on the harlequin's tank, and continuing to float Tux there, as well as floating my surviving harlequin who is rather sick. Do you have any other tips, suggestions, anything?
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:26 PM   #2 
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(sorry about the double post)

I realized I fed pellets this morning but forgot to presoak them, so I'm hoping that Tux's SBD is constipation and not whatever killed my harlequins... :(
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SBD? Is there a sticky or site that says all these fish abbreviations?
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:33 PM   #4 
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SBD stands for swim bladder disorder, which is either caused by constipation, bacterial/fungal illnesses, or poor water conditions. There's some abbreviations on betta fish tails (it's a sticky in the betta care section), but not really any for illnesses.

Things like LFS (local fish store), aq salt (aquarium salt), w/c (water change) etc are pretty easy to remember once you learn what they are.
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Ok thanx, sorry i cant help i am still learning
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:40 PM   #6 
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Is he in QT? Thats the best that i can say.
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Old 04-29-2011, 05:42 PM   #7 
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no problem. Yes, he's still in his 1/2 gallon tubberware, but I decided to go with no salt.
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Old 04-29-2011, 07:17 PM   #8 
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Did you test the parameters of the water that your harlequins were in? If not or you don't have the testers, save some of the water before you do a water change and take it down to your LFS to have it tested (if you can). They should offer those services for free or cheap.
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:19 PM   #9 
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No, I didn't get to test the waters, though I d ohave a good quality test kit. The parameters should be fine, I had done a 50% water change less than a week ago. I"ll let you know if they are abnormal.

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Ammonia-0
Nitrites- 0
Nitrates - 10

All normal

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