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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:13 pm Post subject: Harlequin dying unexpectedly Reply with quote

 Guys,  after  a  lot  of  pain  I  finally  managed  to  get  my  hands  on  a  very  healthy  batch  of  Harlequin's  from  a  LFS.  The  problem  with  them  is  lately.  I'm  losing  them.  They  developed  ICH  and  so  I've  started  to  nuke  the  entire  set-up  and  also  I  notice  the  Harlequins  without  ICH  are  having  their  fins  clamped  to  their  body  swimming  near  the  surface  panting  for  air  with  some  whites  on  the  leading  edges  of  their  fins.  The  very  next  day  these  non  ICH  affected  ones  would  die.  Is  there  anything  that  can  be  done  based  on  the  symptoms?  The  tank  is  shared  by  Angels,  Cory  and  Bristlenose  who  are  completely  inert  to  this  Harlequin  condition.  I've  added  RidAll  and  Rock  Salt  and  the  temperature  is  30-31  constant.  Just  have  a  mobile  camera  so  any  photos  would  be  very  pathetic  in  quality  and  very  hard  to  make  any  diagnosis.
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:31 pm Post subject: Re: Harlequin dying unexpectedly Reply with quote

 If  all  your  other  fishes  are  healthy  and  have  been  living  like  this  for  quite  a  while,  then  it  could  be  that  harlequins  that  you  got  weren't  really  that  healthy  after  all.   From  what  you  describe,  the  entire  batch  seems  to  have  one  type  of  affliction  or  the  other.   Its  best  to  isolate  them  and  do  the  treatment.   I  have  personally  found  that  copper-based  medications  in  moderation  are  effective  in  treating  ich.   
 
 (What  I  mean  by  moderation  is  that  you  reduce  the  dosage  slightly  than  what's  specified  on  the  bottle.   Also,  provide  sufficient  aeration  to  the  ailing  fishes  through  a  airstone,  when  you're  doing  any  treatment.)
 
 From  what  you  describe,  it  might  be  a  little  too  late  in  this  case.   So  try  saving  those  which  look  comparatively  healthier.   Sorry  about  this.
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PostPosted: Wed May 30, 2012 9:42 pm Post subject: Re: Harlequin dying unexpectedly Reply with quote

 It's  just  the  Harl's.  I  hope  the  RidAll  +  Rock  Salt  does  help  me  salvage  some  fishes.
 
 OFF  TOPIC:  Which  is  the  other  substitute  schooling  fish  in  this  case.  Most  importantly  should  be  able  to  live  with  Angels.  Tank  size  is  3x1.5x1.5
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 11:01 am Post subject: Re: Harlequin dying unexpectedly Reply with quote

 I  hope  your  treatment  really  works,  but  what  I'm  saying  is,  if  there  are  some  really  healthy  ones  remove  them  from  the  others  and  treat  them  separately  (instead  of  treating  all  of  them  as  one  single  bunch).
 
 And  fishes  like  Rummy  Nose  Tetras  are  absolutely  schooling  fishes,  more  so  than  harlequins.   They  always  move  in  groups.   And  I  have  kept  them  with  angels,  but  I'd  be  careful  if  your  angels  are  big  and  if  they're  trying  to  spawn  (they  might  become  very  aggressive).   Also  I'd  think  that  rummy  nose  tetras  are  less  hardier  than  harlequins,  so  wait  &  watch  your  tank  before  you  get  them.
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PostPosted: Thu May 31, 2012 2:59 pm Post subject: Re: Harlequin dying unexpectedly Reply with quote

 Damn!  I  need  something  stronger.  I  was  opting  for  Rummy's  earlier  but  their  fragile  nature  and  my  student  budget  stopped  me  from  getting  them.
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