Fishless Cycle

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Jspigs

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I need to find a piece of driftwood to throw in there for the Pleco. Not sure if Petco or PetSmart sell real pcs or not.
I have had success finding real driftwood at petco, not sure about petsmart but I would be more surprised if they didn't carry it than if they did.
 
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railer20

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Well 2 dead Rasboras this morning. Parameters are perfect. Guy at the store said he has never received “larger ones” like he did in his last batch along witht he small ones. He had a couple big ones die as well.
 
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This is one reason I never buy fish from pet stores or 95% of fish stores.

I will buy from breeders, home based importers/sellers who actually quarantine stock before selling it or else as direct imports. The latter has the most risk, but it also means paying around 25% (or less) than retail if one can handle the quantities needed to get such a price.. The risk here is the fish come in with issues one has first to diagnose and then to treat with the right medication.

Bear in mind that selling live things carries the risk that they can die. They also require more complex care than dry goods on a shelf. Most stores which sell fish want to turn them over as fast as possible. They also want to spend as little as possible either medicating or feeding them.

Not all stores are this way, but my belief is many are. The ones which are not tend to be more expensive.

The best part of the above post is that railer20 knows the problem is not because the tank is not properly cycled :cool:

Keep an eye on things. Also, were there any external signs/symptoms which might help figure out why they died? Were theySsollen, discolored, fin loss etc.? Did they hide, did they poop?
 

railer20

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He said he has only had the big ones a week and the smaller ones for around 5 weeks with no trouble. I didn’t notice any trouble yesterday. Pooping I can’t tell you.

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Railer, this is going back some years, but I had a similar situation with harlequin rasboras that I purchased at petsmart. They were on special at $1/ea and I had a tank that had been running for some time with just shrimp and snails. I bought a dozen of them. They were tiny, but lively, good color, bright eyes and would eat like crazy. Within something like 10 days, one by one, they all died.

Unrelated, but given your fishless cycle is complete, you might wanna start new threads with your unrelated issues. Things are going to get lost and mixed up if you keep adding to this one.
 

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I almost always prefer to buy younger smaller fish if I can...but dumping old & young together may just add issues...adult size fish may be near their end of life, juveniles not...I'll look for my how to choose fish rules or retype them tomorrow.

I agree with Joel (FreshyF) start a new thread or 2 as needed, this was just for cycyling & you're done with that!
 
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