Cardinals

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Hi,

I have two Banggai cardinals in my qt tank, purchased them last Sat.  They looked ok in the shop and were ok for the first few days in qt but they are now both gasping at the surface and are drifting around with the current.  I have checked the water, ammonia and nitrite are 0, nitrates are 1, oxygen is 8ppm, ph 8, alk 9,  temperature 25c, salinity 1.025. I've added an air stone but not made much difference.  I have been using seachem stress guard from day 1 but stopped now as I wasn't sure if that might have been causing the problems. Just noticed last night that one off them has just started to get ragged front  fins so I have dosed some seachem paraguard.  No other visible signs of illness.
Any ideas what could be wrong with them?
Thank you

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Last Edit: Oct 2, 2019 9:27:24 am by NickNackUk

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Reply #1

Sometimes if you have two male banggai they will fight which would explain the fins and the breathing
Dave

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Reply #2

They seemed very happy with each other.  Unfortunately I have come home to discover they have died.  One showed signs of the fins being ragged and had a growth / bulge from its gill.  The other looked normal.

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Reply #3

Speak to the shop and tell them and demand a refund
Dave

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Reply #4

It would help if you still had them to show them ,or a decent photo showing the problem.
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Reply #5

I have taken photos to show them and they are being supporting and have offered to replace the fish.

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Reply #6

Had you started treatment of anything or still under observation at the time? Any ideas what the LFS params were?

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Reply #7

I had given one dose of seachem paraguard last night when I noticed the fins.
The lfs salinity was 1.021 and mine is 1.025. 

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Reply #8

The salinity is ok,mine is usually 1020-1023. Try to keep it at 1020 if possible if it creeps up you an always do a small water change using plain ro water to bring it down.Thing is with evaporation salinity changes anyway ,that's why I do regular water test,glad to hear the local fish shop have offered a refund ,there are a lot of shops only give 24 hours refund some don't do refunds on fish at all .
All I can say is before you buy any fish have a good look at it ,make sure it's swimming ok and in excellent condition..
We've all been where you are losing fish at some point it's not nice,don't worry about it you did nothing wrong it was ill before you got ,
Dave
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Reply #9

Thanks, I've tried to research as much as possible, just glad they were in the qt tank.  Going to see if I can find somewhere that sells captive bread fish.

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