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    While the belly is swollen one thing that I see is that the gills are swollen in the photos. That might point to a water quality problem. [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/smile_h_32.gif[/img] (maybe ammonia burn on the gills)


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    I think, but am not positive, that reddened gills is indicative of ammonia poisoning.

    Dumb question: How long have your sponges been in the tank? Is it possible that you are experiencing "New Tank Syndrome"?

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    Sorry to hear of the losses.

    I agree with the ammonia.

    I go 4 to 5 weeks of cycling my tanks before I place any fish in mine. I place some flake food in the tank twice a week to get the cycle going.

    Maybe this link will help:
    http://faq.thekrib.com/begin-cycling.html


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    about 2 weeks...?
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    You have to do the ammonia and nitrite measurements whenever cycling a new tank! The time it takes could vary, from weeks a few months depending on conditions. If you aren't familiar with cycling, I would spend some time reading up on it-it's such an important thing!

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    I agree, amonia, you need to lay your hands on some Bio-Spyra now, that stuff is AWESOME.

    Stop feeding the black worms for now, they are a messy food, and as you said, your not sure if they are contributing to your problem.

    Are all your tanks plumbed together? if so, great, put a UV filter on to kill whatever is moving through your population, if not, that should be your next project.

    Forgive me, but Sponge filters suck, they are only good for the person that has time to clean them, and do large water changes. A much more efficient system would be to plumb all the tanks together slap a UV filter in line, attatch them to a sump and install a POWERFUL canister filter on it, like an ocean clear, or a pond rated filter.

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    Hi,

    This is ammonia poisoning. You must do 95% water changes as often as possible, daily being best until the bio filtration kicks in. Don't give up, just go much much slower in the future and only expand as you have time to care for them. I think your excitement just got the best of you. Livebearers cannot stand ammonia and this is why they are actually harder to keep than egglayers. Most hard alkaline water fish are more sensitive to ammonia.

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    Alright - I think you are ALL Right -

    I think unchopped blackworms killed a few of the smaller fish..
    I think ammonia is killing off the fish as of right now. Interesting becuase in the temp tanks they had no filtration.... However I used water from my 125 gal (established going on 3 yrs)..

    Im on a well system and it was cheaper for me to create a flow through system... so i drilled the tanks inserted a bulkhead and plumbed them to the sump pump...... I created a "drip" system with mini ball valves and just tonight got them (the tanks with fish) installed to work. I turned on the water valve slowly (our water psi is about 80 out here and if i turn it on full blast the whole system leaks and makes odd noises) and it seems to work great. I have a small steady stream to a fast drip in all tanks.

    Before I turned on the drip I did a partial water change in each tank - Thanks to a BRAND NEW WON HEATER that is a dud, I have lost 2 more z. tequila because of water temp shock (i only have cold water to replace with at this time)... I think I have saved the other 2 in the tank though.

    Now then, How often should I run this drip system? Or should it be left on most the time for awhile?

    Bio-Spyra [img]http://www.**********.com/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/new/confused.gif[/img]? Will it work with a drip system, or does it need to be in the tank without a flow through for a certain amount of time to work?

    And Bobby you are right I didnt have the fishroom done - however I was very close and thought I could pull it off. At this point im down about 260.00 worth of fish and counting.....

    Thanks Again Everybody - any follow up thoughts?

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