3 dead fish from same store!
I am just wondering if anyone else has experienced something like
this. I have purchased 3 fish from the same store. The first time I
purchased a gourami and it died within a few days. A couple of weeks
later, my wife purchased two female bettas and they died too. The
first fish died within 2 days and the other died within 3 days.
After the 3rd fish died we checked the receipt and it said they
guaranteed them only for 24 hours. Doesn't that seem odd? Most
places are 7-14 days for guarantee. Also, my water chemistry has
been great. I would like to know what about these fish from that
store causes them to die. Especially when I had just done a water
change and all of my other fish appear fine. Also, I have not lost
any fish that fast from any other store. Any thoughts???
- On Sun, 1 Sep 2002, jsonghas wrote:
> places are 7-14 days for guarantee. Also, my water chemistry hasWell, while YOUR water chemistry might be great, do you know what kind of
> been great. I would like to know what about these fish from that
> store causes them to die. Especially when I had just done a water
> change and all of my other fish appear fine. Also, I have not lost
> any fish that fast from any other store. Any thoughts???
water chemistry your fish supplier has been using? Your fish could be
reacting to the shock of being transplanted from one kind of environment
to another. Think of this:
You run a 7.0pH in hard water at 78 deg F (as an example). This is good
water chemistry. Your fish store is keeping the gouramis in 7.4 pH with
soft water and a touch of salt at 74 deg F. This is also good water
chemistry. However, if you try to move a fish from one to the other very
rapidly, you can put undue stress on the fish and this can cause a delayed
reaction in the fish. Are you floating the bag from the fish store in
your own tank for about an hour? Are you doing the "pour in a little of
your own water every half hour" trick?
If you are, you should really check the water chemistry of your store, it
may be in great difference to your own. If you aren't, you should be --
and it would still be useful to know how your store's water differs from
You also haven't said -- what else do you have in the tank? Do you have
other fish in there that might be territorial, and attacking the new fish
when you're not looking?
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- --- In freshwateraquariums@y..., "...Paul" <cleggp@m...> wrote:>
Well, while YOUR water chemistry might be great, do you know what
> water chemistry your fish supplier has been using? Your fish couldbe
> reacting to the shock of being transplanted from one kind ofenvironment
> to another. Think of this:I can't beat Paul's comprehensive and insightful answer. On a less
intelectual note. . .if your water chemistry really is great and you
have had better luck with another store, I'd stay away from the
It could be a story of good quality care not agreeing with equally
good but different care as Paul suggests.
Or it could be a case of poor quality care. . .and someone skimming
dead fish out of the store tank every day or two. (Though unlikely
in a store that thinks to stock female betta's)