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purplepower purplepower
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  • Posted on: 17/7/2012 21:35
Re: Dead Guppy #1
Just wanted to update you all. We lost 3 fish in all. I am still not sure if it was bullying or illness but the rest of the tank have been fine for 11 days since we lost the last fish.

Ammonia and Nitrite have remained at zero.

My 15 month old loves to help feed the fish, and we love sitting and watching them. They remind me of my Betta a lot.

Thanks for all your help in setting up the tank.


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  • Posted on: 5/7/2012 21:54
Re: Dead Guppy #2
I hadn't noticed it but think I am looking more as it as mentioned that this may be happening. I am worried that I will come back to a tank full of dead fish on Monday morning.


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  • Posted on: 5/7/2012 21:22
Re: Dead Guppy #3
Another dead one this evening.
Also have noted that one of the fish is smaller than the others and trying to steer clear of the others and they seem to be hassling him a bit. I fear that this one is next, I don't have another tank to move him too. I do have a small tank in the garage but this is not cycled.

Water readings

Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 20
GH - 18 drops/322.2

I am just about to do a water change, not sure if there is anything else I should be doing. Should I be trying some meds?


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  • Posted on: 4/7/2012 22:43
Re: Dead Guppy #4
Thanks, you are very helpful.


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  • Posted on: 4/7/2012 22:05
Re: Dead Guppy #5
Thanks for that Fishlady

Readings this evening were

Ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 20

I am going to do a water change tomorrow as we are away Friday till Monday.

Will the fish be okay without feed on Sat and Sunday, I can ask a friend to pop in and feed them if necessary. I as going to feed them some bloodworm and daphnia on Friday before we leave.


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  • Posted on: 4/7/2012 21:42
Re: Dead Guppy #6
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I expect you will find the tap level and tank level both in the region of 320 when you have your test.



Is this still okay for the guppies then?


purplepower purplepower
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  • Posted on: 4/7/2012 21:40
Re: Dead Guppy #7
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ApistoGaz wrote:
As I see it, your guppy could have died for the following reasons:

1. Bad quality stock (as Fishlady has said)
2. LFS standard of care
3. Stress of transportation (think we can eliminate this as you have done you best to make it as stress free as possible)
4. Bad quality water in your tank (again eliminate this as your readings seem fine)
5. Other tank mates

As far as other tank mates are concerned do you have any other fish in the tank with the guppies? Have you noticed any possible fighting/bullying between the guppies themselves? Only guppies in the tank and I have not noticed any bullying.

As for the top two, what kind of rapport do you have with the LFS you bought them from?

The only reason I ask is you could speak to them and see if they have any had any issues. Other customers may have had problems or the LFS themselves may have lost some stock and if so I bet you they won't hesitate to speak to their supplier to complain. I could give them a call and mention it.

I think it's good business practice that a LFS should quarantine incoming stock before selling them onto customers as bad quality stock will tarnish their name and possibly lose them custom. However whether all LFS's do this is another thing. I bought them from Maidenhead Aquatics so I would imagine they have pretty high standards.


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  • Posted on: 3/7/2012 23:03
Re: Dead Guppy #8
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Fishlady wrote:
The two expressions of hardness you're most likely to see on care sheets for fish are mg/l (which is the same as ppm) and dGh which is German degrees of hardness. These two in your report:


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purplepower wrote:

TOTAL HARDNESS 320 mg/l

Degrees German 18




I think it's 320, ill confirm tank readings with liquid test kit.


purplepower purplepower
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  • Posted on: 3/7/2012 22:58
Re: Dead Guppy #9
I only used the test strips to check the GH. I have an API liquid master test kit which I check my parameters with and which I used to cycle the tank

I started cycling the tank on 22nd May. Ammonia and Nitrite levels dropped to 0 on the 13th June and stayed there (with daily ammonia dosing) until I stocked on 1st July.

I am checking the water daily since adding fish just to make sure things stay as they are.

Thanks for your help, I will order a liquid GH kit (not sure why the don't include this in the master test kit).


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  • Posted on: 3/7/2012 22:14
Re: Dead Guppy #10
Okay thanks Fishlady, that is reassuring. Is the GH okay? I thought it may be a little high but I don't really rate those test strips, I will get a liquid kit.

I will keep a close eye on them and change the water towards the end of the week or sooner if nitrates rise.

I am using the Tetra Colour pro food and I also have some frozen bloodworm and Daphnia though I have not given this yet so far I have just fed a few flakes of food in the evening.



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