Hey guys. It's me again. I went to the fish store
the other day and bought 3 neon tetras. I started
to figure out that after a few days, my fish
were starting to lose their color. It worried
me a lot. Then, the other day, one of them dies.
I think I have the fish curse. I lose fish
EVERY MONTH! Not kidding. Anyway, all of my tetras are losing
their color. I looked online to see what was
happening. It seems that they have neon tetra
disease! But they didn't tell me the cure...
So if you guys could look up some results of
the cure, that would be great. I hate losing
fish, so if I find a cure, it would be a life
saver. Please help me!
have you got your water checked out? Lot of the Pet Stores offer free water tests. It seems like your fish are stressing. Tetras are usually very hardy fish and less there is something wrong with your water
As far as I know, there is no cure for tetra disease. You just have to wait, and then disinfect your entire tank and ornaments, starting all over with a new tank cycle. I hate to be the bearer of bad news!
If you google tetra disease, you will find a bunch of info.
I would go get the water tested first, or get your own kit. Most people use the API Master Freshwater test kit, and you can get it for about $20.
When fish are moved into a new environment, they often go through a shock to their immune system. Some of the symptoms are loss of color and appetite, clamped fins, vulnerability to diseases and parasites and all sorts of terrible things. You can greatly reduce moving shock by using the drip acclimation method. Check the search function at the top of the page.
If you find ammonia or nitrite when you check water chemistry, your aquarium has probably not finished its nitrogen cycle. The cure is a series of partial water changes. That usually works better than a bunch of medications. None of this means that the fish don't have Tetra disease, but it's much more likely to be poor water quality. Most of us start out that way, but reading about the nitrogen cycle is a big help. Good luck, and please keep us posted.
I'll get my water checked this weekend. I just
don't get it that well. I'm a fresh boarder so,
I'm not that good with fish tanks. I may have
had my tank since December 2008, but still...
anyway, I'll check the water and see what they say.
And by the way, I did the nitrogen cycle for
a few days, and now everything is going great!
Thanks Johnarthur! She's a lot more active now
ever since the cycle started, and she's doing
great! Thank you. I appreciate it so much.
I'll keep you guys posted. I check out your
posts everyday so look for me. Later.
I recently brought home 7 Harlequin Rasbora's, and am now down to 2. I was able to look at them close one day (the 4 that were left) and noticed that their fins looked like someone had taken a flame to them and melted them together....
2 passed away the day after, and I started dosing the tank with Melafix, (only have 2 more doses to go) and they are seeming MUCH happier and their fins are looking WAYYY better now! They must have brought some fungus with them from the pet store.
The day after I started dosing, my Dwarf Gourami decided to get himself stuck between a rock and the glass. He tore his head and top fin up pretty bad so I am glad it was during the time of the Melafix dosing so he will heal and not get the same sort of fungus in his open wounds. He is a little too curious for his own good and I think he was trying to steal the Kuhli Loaches house.
Wow. That seems horrible! I'm glad he lived through
that. I'm sorry about the other 5 fish.
Anyway, we're possibly going to the fish store
tomorrow to get the water tested. Hopefully,
we can get a cure. I research for the cure of
tetra disease everyday, and still nothing.
Hopefully none of my fish die tomorrow. I bought
3 and now I'm down to 2. I hate losing fish so...
if they tell me a cure... I'D LOVE THEM!!!!!
I'll tell you how it goes tomorrow.
Yes, let us know how it goes!
You should really invest in the API freshwater test kit. It will save you a lot of headache in the long run!
We didn't go today. I don't think that we're
going this weekend! I know, I told you guys that
I would. But it actually seems that my tetras
look fine. There color is there, no signs of
bloating or lumpiness, so I guess I pretty much
wasted your time. Sorry about that. I really
thought that something was wrong with them.
The first fish, when he died, we noticed
that his color was gone. I guess I over-
reacted. So sorry. If I find anything, I'll
keep you guys updated.
Thanks for your help though. I appreciate it.
You didn't overreact! You were just being worried like the rest of us would! And you didn't waste our time, no worries!
SO glad to hear your other fish are doing good!
Thanks for being supportive! And you're right. I
was worried. I hate to lose fish so when something
like this happens, I always assume the worst.
It really makes me happy to see that when I
post something like this on this website, that
people don't think I'm overreacting. I hate
that feeling. I get SO embarrassed. Even if
it's just on the internet. Thank you guys so
much! You've been a great help.
P.S. that picture on the side of the screen,
is not me. Just my friend.