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    The medication came in yesterday, but when I was doing roll call I found one of the hatchets dead. Just my luck... I don't think it was anything the medication could've helped (I believe it was one that got injured during a water change some time prior) but still disheartening.

    Hopefully the rest pull through during the next couple weeks of treatment.

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    Sorry for you loss... but hope the rest will be fine.
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    Re: 125 gallon South American fish community

    Been a while, and quite a bit has changed.

    Biggest thing is that ick somehow got into the main tank a few months ago, and my immediate reaction was to raise the temperature, which turned out to be the worst thing I could've done. Several fish died and my Java ferns were all but destroyed. Thankfully I had medication that quickly eradicated it, but the damage from my poor judgement was already done...

    The vallis are about the only plant actively thriving as you can see by it taking over everything. The rest are either gone or just barely existing.

    Only new additions are bristlenose babies (evidently 3 have survived and are quite sizable now) and a random feeder guppy orphan I picked up from a store where they couldn't even tell what it was.


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    Oof. Sorry you lost some but I'm glad that you got rid of the ick. Hopefully no more fish die now and your plants spring back to life. I've had plants that looked basically dead come back with a vengeance given enough time and love.
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    Re: 125 gallon South American fish community

    Quote Originally Posted by nikkubus View Post
    Oof. Sorry you lost some but I'm glad that you got rid of the ick. Hopefully no more fish die now and your plants spring back to life. I've had plants that looked basically dead come back with a vengeance given enough time and love.
    Unfortunately the regular neon tetras have been in decline. Less than half of the original 21 remain, and what's left don't look so good (meanwhile the black neons are all chubby and healthy, the difference is almost comical). Also rather upsettingly, I'm 99% sure I've lost one of my prized farlowella catfish as I've only seen one for a long time now. This tank is so huge and cryptic with a lot of bottom feeders so bodies can easily disappear before I have the chance to find them.

    As for the plants, the Javas aren't technically gone. The dying adults produced tons of babies on their leaves before their end that are all just floating around haphazardly. I could glue them to decor but it was such a massive hassle last time that I just don't feel up to the task.

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    Re: 125 gallon South American fish community

    Quote Originally Posted by Snagrio View Post
    Unfortunately the regular neon tetras have been in decline. Less than half of the original 21 remain, and what's left don't look so good (meanwhile the black neons are all chubby and healthy, the difference is almost comical). Also rather upsettingly, I'm 99% sure I've lost one of my prized farlowella catfish as I've only seen one for a long time now. This tank is so huge and cryptic with a lot of bottom feeders so bodies can easily disappear before I have the chance to find them.

    As for the plants, the Javas aren't technically gone. The dying adults produced tons of babies on their leaves before their end that are all just floating around haphazardly. I could glue them to decor but it was such a massive hassle last time that I just don't feel up to the task.
    I've had a lot of issues with neon tetras over the years. To the point that I just don't even try to keep them anymore. If you want something that in my opinion is more hardy, cardinal tetras get a bit bigger but would look great in a tank your size. Ich is rough, but the API super ich cure has always worked great for me even without raising the temperature in the tank. Might be worth trying next time, although I hope that's the last time you see it for awhile.

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    Re: 125 gallon South American fish community

    Quote Originally Posted by Hugsplox View Post
    I've had a lot of issues with neon tetras over the years. To the point that I just don't even try to keep them anymore. If you want something that in my opinion is more hardy, cardinal tetras get a bit bigger but would look great in a tank your size. Ich is rough, but the API super ich cure has always worked great for me even without raising the temperature in the tank. Might be worth trying next time, although I hope that's the last time you see it for awhile.
    I've heard as such in many places, but it has been a long time since I've had any so this is the first time I've really been able to personally observe just how genetically inferior they are, quite sad. Even the singular orphan glowlight tetra I picked up with the black neons is markedly bigger and healthier than all the regular neons combined. I almost went with cardinals too since they're prettier and about match the black neons in size for that perfect "synergy" so to speak, but unfortunately they're over twice as expensive per individual as regular neons and I was already spending hundreds on fish alone.

    As for medication, I used Ich X. Really heavy-duty stuff that stains the water (and everything else it touches), but it got the job done extremely fast. Due to on oncoming illness that set me back the past couple months I only managed to do half a week's dosage routine but even that was enough to erase the parasites from the entire tank.

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    Woke up yesterday and found the mother bristlenose dead. That's upsetting...

    My guess is something went wrong if she laid another batch of eggs, but it was impossible to tell.

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    That really stinks. I'm sorry to hear you're having problems.
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