My fish water is fine, but my glo fish keep dying

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5 years ago #1
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I had my ten gallon checked today at the pet store and the lady said the tank water is very good, so then why do my glo fish keep dying?

The temps right now are 75, sometimes 74 degrees, with heater, is that too low, or something?

I have a ten gallon with 3 male platies, which are males, which get 1.5 inches. Then 2 glo fish, well I had three glo fish, but one died. I bought another glo fish and it died. So now I have the orange and yellow fish.

I have had the yellow glo fish for 3 months. So I have 2 glo fish and 3 male platies in my ten gallon, with filter and heater, that is all the fish I have in that tank. I thought maybe that was too many but my fish water is great. So pet store lady said, after she tested my tank water.

The red fish looked fine, was eating, next day was dead on the bottom of the tank. Do glo fish die fast, or something?

I have my Platies for 4 months in the same tank as the glo fish, and nothing wrong with them. I just trying to figure out what is wrong and it's not the tank water. I ruled that one out. I do not over feed, so that is not the problem. I keep very clean water.

I did add white light, with tank hood, a few days ago, cause I was thinking maybe the glo fish died because there was no fish light, well there is now.

But I would like to know why my glo fish keep dying..
Thanks.
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5 years ago #2
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glofiish should be rather hardy fish they are pretty much danios that glow. the pet stors test are not always accurate so it is probably good to get you own test kit. also you should never just get fish and put them in a tank with your other fish. when you first bye a fish you should quarantine it in a different tank for at least 2 weeks to be safe the fish doesn't have anything i keep mine in a different tank for a month before putting him in with the other fish. i wouldn't know why your fish died but it could be anything. also 3 male platies is a good way to not get fry witch is probly wat u want but after awhile they can start to get mean to each other.just letting you know.

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5 years ago #3
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yeah good info taner also you should do research on the fish your gonna be introducing to your community tank, to see if its compatible with your present fish and i reccomend the API master freshwater test kit its great!!!!!!!! good luck and keep us informed

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5 years ago #4
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glow fish and platies are compatible. i have them in my tank well had all my glofish died of old age.

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oh i know i was just saying its a good idea to research compatiblity before purchasing and introducing them

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5 years ago #6
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yes it is. i know every thing and anything about any of my fish. mostly the kuhli louches it makes it allot easier when owning fish. but @ petty girl if the fish is sik or just to stressed there is no telling wat will happen most likely die.

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5 years ago #7
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Well I do know my one 10 gallon tank is cycled, as I have had it for 5 months, and that is the other 10 gallon I have with the 3 Platies and 2 glo fish. Yea, I know they school, so I should have 3 or more. I did have 3 glo fish a few times.

I did have some glo fish that died in the same tank, but the Platies are still living and lucky the yellow glo fish has lived for 3 months. I am saying if the fish had something it didn't spread.

I thought Lucky the yellow fish was dying, so I had this fish bowl, and I put my other yellow glo fish in there to, but it died. Lucky was still living, so I put Lucky back in the 10 gallon. Few months go by.. and lucky is still alive, so far.

Glo fish are compatable with Platies I read on it.

I mean yea I can quarantine the fish in a bowl, next time I buy one.

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5 years ago #8
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your fish are probly just to stresst or something.

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maybe if your water turns up not to good then you can take half of the water from the established ten gallon and transfer it to the other 10 gallon. this will help the water qulity good luck

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5 years ago #10
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Well it prob didn't help I bought the glo fish from sucky Walmart, as their glo fish tanks are way over crowded, so I could see that. however, I did buy an orange and red glo fish from pet store. The red fish died from the pet store. I still have the orange fish from the pet store, so far, and lucky from Walmart.

I had 2 red glo fish die, and a yellow glo fish, thing is they all looked good, except the yellow fish did look sick in my opinion, from Walmart..That fish from Walmart died. The red fish looked fine and was eating, soon died.

The red fish looked fine to me, and they were eating to, but they died.

I have orange and lucky, they survived. I have had orange for a month and lucky for 3 months. Both glo fish chase each other and eat like pigs.

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5 years ago #11
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yeah ihate buying from walmart but like a couple of us here we rescue one or two once and a while when theres room for the fish ill go and do a rescue missio at walmart headquarters, insertion infiltration and extraction, then the little guy is in my tank enjoying life if it isnt too far gone already,

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5 years ago #12
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i only bye fish from wallmart if i know the fish is <email> . so that means the day they get there fish shipment.

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5 years ago #13
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Water quality in the established tank is probably good, but it all depends on your definition of good. One good standard is zero ammonia and nitrite.

If the glowfish were healthy when you got them and the other fish in the aquarium are healthy, the most likely cause for losing the glowfish is the shock of being put into a new aquarium. All aquarium water is not the same, and fish need to be slowly acclimated to their new environment. The bag float method is easiest but is not always successful. The drip acclimation method rarely fails and is not too difficult.

Here's one good method. First get a clean bucket that holds two or three gallons, and gently transfer the fish and water from the plastic bag into the bucket. Next, find several feet of aquarium air hose and a valve for one end. Open the valve all the way, and start a syphon in the air hose. Let the valve end run aquarium water into the bucket. Adjust the valve so the water comes out at a steady drip. After about an hour, the bucket should have at least a gallon of water from the aquarium, and the fish will be slowly acclimated. Gently transfer them into the aquarium, and empty the syphon hose. It really works.

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5 years ago #14
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I added all my fish that way. I mean a few at a time, then I waited a few weeks, then added a few more fish.

I just let the bag they were in float in the fish water tank for 20 minutes. Then I netted the fish out into the tank. I did with my platies, they are fine.

I also bought 2 glo fish from the same pet store, the same day, though one of those fish died. I've had orange for a month. When I bought the fish from Walmart I knew the yellow fish didn't look to good, and it died, which I placed in a fish bowl, with lucky, the glo fish, but I added those same fish the same way. By placing the bag they were placed in, for 20 minutes into my fish tank. The red and yellow fish died, but lucky I had for three months and orange for a month. If this was the case, and if those fish were in shock, wouldn't that apply to all fish, since I did the same thing for all the fish, to get used to the tank water temps??

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Moving shock can take a long time to manifest itself. Any sort of shock weakens a fish's immune system and can thus make them vulnerable to the diseases and parasites that can be dormant in healthy aquariums. Drip acclimation is an excellent way to minimise moving shock. In my experience, drip acclimation is much better and kinder than the bag floating method.

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4 years ago #16
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males somtimes kill other fish. it might be the male fish, i learnd about that the hard way ( i put a baby fish in with a male fish and it was dead in a few weeks) also, you should let the fish get used to the water temp. before adding it to the tank. ( learnd that the hard way two, as that killed many of my fish before i setteld on the fact the they were not used to the water at all( the pet store has their water temp. high up and i have it low becuase my heater/light does not work.

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4 years ago #17
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no glofish are not a hardy species like the zebra daino, the florescent gene in them cause the immune system to be very low and a cause a high rate of birth defects and fish tuberculosis the hardiest color you can get are the dark "cosmic purple" that gene has the lowest rate for defects

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4 years ago #18
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check your water tempatuer. but most of all check if your
tank is clean?i had the same thing happen to me and do you have a 10 gallon tank? you may have to many fish in your tank!if you do sell them thats what i did with my frog. your going to have great sucesses if thi is followed.
your secrate admirrer

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4 years ago #19
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Do you have any way of substantiating those comments FISH KEEPER?

Or are you just going to make claims and provide no information to back them up?

My understanding is that glofish are in fact "Zebra Danio" and I haven't heard of any evidence that they have a weak immune system, a high instance of birth defects, or tuberculosis.

If there is some I would like to know about it considering I'm new to fishkeeping.

Sorry to necro an old thread (I thought his post was 3 weeks ago, not 4 months and 3 weeks), but I thought it was a pretty serious claim, and I genuinely wanted to know more about it.

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4 years ago #20
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I have eight glo fish in a 20 gallon tank and never had a problem. I have two colors of each. But my water temperature is at 79. That could be the problem. I got mine at pet smart and they are very knowledgeable.

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4 years ago #21
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How long have you had the fish and where did you get them from? It could be that you got the fish from a store that doesn't really take care of them. My guess is that if you just set-up the tank, fish have a tendensy to die on you. I learned that the hard way.
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4 years ago #22
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I know this is a an old thread but how long do they live? We have 4 wondering what to expect

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3 years ago #23
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I am having the sam problem. I kno a five gallon tank is considerd too "small" but its what i got. Its a new tank that i set up ran the water for 48 hours brought the water to the store they said everything i was fine. So i buy the fish introduce them to the new tanknthe bag in the water way within an hour one of them died. Went to the petstore to get my free new one i get home look in my tank and yet another one died.this is very frustrating as i feel bad. I have no idea what to do anymore i cant seem to get it right. I am also a begginer fish keeper and obv need help.

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the red one was dying? no suprise. someone said that the red glo fish r dyed and can cause the fish to die. if i were u, i would stop getting the red glofish. there are many other freshwater fish that are red like a red velvet wag swordtail or a red rainbow or plainly a red betta. hope this helps

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3 years ago #25
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Glowfish are the result of splicing the glow DNA from a marine organism into the genetic code of a zebra danio. They were first used to detect some kind of stuff in the water but have since become popular aquarium fish. Their environmental requirements and behaviors are are the same as zebra danios.

If you have them in an over crowded aquarium or one without the correct water parameters, they will get sick. You may find this link of interest:
http://www.myaquariumclub.com/the-nitrogen-cycle-for-beginners-358.html

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3 years ago #26
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Glo fish are transgenic zebra fish that have been genetically engineered to express a gene that encodes for a fluorescent protein. That gene comes from a species of jellyfish. The first transgenic fish had this gene under the control of the metallothinine promoter. This would cause the fish to glow when they were exposed to heavy metals. They were, in effect, a bio sensor. Glo fish found in stores have the gene expressed under a ubiquitous promoter, hence they are able to glow all of the time.

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3 years ago #27
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I am also having problems with my glo fish suddenly. My water is all perfect I test it every week have done water changes and add the appropriate things when needed. All the fish are fine, then suddenly within hours 1 died. Whats goin on. All my fish are compatible. We have a small black ghost knife fish, a spotted leopard frog plece, and had 3 glo fish. keeping tank ready before adding any discus, now I'm worried. Thank you

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3 years ago #28
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I have bought my glo fish 2 at a time. Still keep dying on me. I have been told to introduce to tank slowly. First keep bag in water to get temp, than they said empty some water and add little tank water ever so many minutes over hour. Than put fish in tank no water from bag.I have 1 purple and 1 blue , that have seemed to survived. I have lost 2 orange , 2 green, 1 purple, and 1 blue.
Water is fine per my test kit and had pet smart double ck.
I have gave up on Glo Danios for now. And have 2 turquiese guppies ,2 Sunburst Mollies, 2 Glo orange Tetras. They seem to be doing fine.
So any help on keeping Glo Danios alive would be greatful. They add lots color to tank.
Thanks

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3 years ago #29
Jenn
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Andrew. This EXACT THINK happened to us last night. Did u ever figure out what happened? Help, please.

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3 years ago #30
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I don't own any fish anymore, they all died and sad to say I am not buying anymore.
I had a hard time keeping the temps stable, as it gets hot, then cold a lot where I live. then there are smells where I live. Chemical smells. Then the bug man sprays right by my door and I could smell it in my apartment.
It's just best I don't own fish anymore.
I have a hamster, that is all.

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