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Albino Cory sickly Please Help!
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mako_chan
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PostPosted: 2011.07.09(Sat)18:11    Post subject: Albino Cory sickly Please Help! Reply with quote

I have two albino corys and recently one of them started laying on the bottom of the tank a bunch, this morning we moved him into an isolation chamber inside the main tank. He has been laying on his side all day and hardly moving and not eating. I think it may be something like swim bladder but I have no idea on how to help the little guy. When I was moving him into the isolation chamber he was still swimming fine but couldn't keep balance. The tank is a 10 gal with 2 sunset gouromis, 4 neon tetras, a rainbow fish and the corys.
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diademhill
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PostPosted: 2011.07.10(Sun)10:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

How long has the tank been set up & how much & often do you change the water please?
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mako_chan
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PostPosted: 2011.07.11(Mon)5:59    Post subject: Reply with quote

The tank has been set up for a month and a half. I haven't been doing weekly water changes and I now know I should. The first couple water changes were done 2 weeks from each other. When I do a water change I try to go no more than 25%. My cory has died, we got 2 more now, and 2 plecos and 2 snails. One of the plecos seems to be doing fine, but the other one isn't so much. This morning I found him upside down on the bottom of the tank and unmoving. I flipped him right side up and am waiting to see if he moves in a little bit. I have a planted tank and was wondering how to go about vacuuming gravel around them.
Any helpful words of wisdom would be appreciated. Thank You
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PostPosted: 2011.07.11(Mon)8:04    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please return the new fish as the tank was already overstocked.

The tank is still cycling and your fish are suffering form ammonia and /or nitrite poisoning.
You need to be doing daily water changes for the next two weeks and then 25% twice a week. Just add dechlorinator to the water you add to the tank.
Do you have a gravel cleaner or siphon?

Please read about the nitrogen cycle in the articles to the left <-
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PostPosted: 2011.07.11(Mon)13:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a gravel siphon, but I think it is too big or small. It hardly picks up gravel and when I use it it takes a lot of water out before I can get too far.
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