Just a thought, but could you get your parents to test the water for you and if the ammonia or anything else did creep up too high get them to double dose with Prime daily until you are back to do a water change, that way the ammonia etc will be detoxified to a large degree.
How big is your pond, dimensions, capacity, filtration? That information might help the pond advisors on here give advice re the suitability of the pond for the fish you have plus the little blind comet. Personally, assuming the pond is adequate, I think you should give him a chance in the pond, perhaps put him in at the beginning of a weekend so you can check him regularly over the two days. Just my personal opinion but I think he should have a chance in the pond and if he does settle will be happier and healthier in there with the other fish.
Hi sicktrickz, thanks for the reply, it only really dawned on me after I posted that I should probably wait a few weeks to make sure there are no infectious bacteria or anything in my tank before I add more fish so I wouldn't be able to take any fish for five more weeks to be safe. I'd also only be after males as I just have no way of dealing with the fry from a mixed see group.
Where did you get your guppies from originally out of interest?
I'm a novice myself but I believe fin rot can be directly related to water quality, and I think the first step would be an emergency water change.
Sure one of the advisors will be along soon and they usually want to know the size of the tank, how long it's been set up, how much water is changed, how often and when, a list of all inhabitants and how long you've had them, and water test results for ammonia, nitrite and nitrate, pH and hardness too.
I believe you have a mix of fish with different water requirements too, guppy liking hard alkaline, neons soft acidic, and fish out of their comfortable range will be run down and susceptible to illness : I had a betta fish who was very susceptible to finrot if the water was a little too hard or I neglected a water change.
As I say, I'm sure someone more knowledgeable we be along shortly, but in the meantime a water change might be a good place to start.
She's just starting to ask about death and things, I told her these were poorly and going back to the shop for medicine, another few months and would have had to deal with the inevitable tears and questions. She's only two and a half but astounds me with what she understands and asks, I never realised how much of parenting was just winging it, certainly keeps me on my toes!!!
Thanks fishlady. I'm annoyed at myself for even giving them a chance, my friend has had fish from there that have done fine, but I should have gone with my gut really. I think I'll leave the tank with just the shrimp and snail population for a few weeks before I try anything else in there, make sure there are no nasties lurking.
I did come across that in my Google searching actually and none of the symptoms seemed to fit.
All fish became lethargic, essentially gave up, stopped swimming, sank to the bottom and died. One had a red belly and I could clearly see a blood vessel (bacterial?). One had nothing visible at all. One developed a shredded tail overnight, I say shredded, but actually only the bones were left. One was completely healthy and normal, but I returned him to the shop anyway until I figured out what was going on.
Does anyone have any guppies they would like to part with in the Southend area of Essex?
After the demise of my Betta I decided to give my well known LFS a try and bought a few male guppies, nice and colourful for my toddler, but half of them died overnight.
SO, I am just after a few male guppies that are locally bred and healthy so I'm not going to have to explain to my daughter why her new fish got 'poorly' and had to go back to the shop 'for medicine'.
Can anyone help? I'm willing to pay ?3 a fish, halfway between the cost at the LFS round here and what I would pay with shipping from a mail order place, I can't drive too far at the moment so needs to be fairly local to me, near Rayleigh.