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why do seeming healthy fish just die overnight?
« on: February 12, 2012, 10:28:51 AM »
in the past 4 weeks i have lost 2 platys,2 mollies, & 2 swordtails, have checked parameters n all ok....1 mollie seemed to start losing weight slowly but was eating well and not  stagnant at the bottom, as i say the others showed no signs--is it old age and if your times up its up!
we bought them all from lfs so have no idea of age but mollies were a good size.
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    Re: why do seeming healthy fish just die overnight?
    « Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012, 10:30:11 AM »
    When you say "a good size" what exactly would that be?
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    Re: why do seeming healthy fish just die overnight?
    « Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 10:40:43 AM »
    Tank Age?
    Tank size?
    Water test results?
    Which lfs?
    125ltr - Apisto Cave

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    Re: why do seeming healthy fish just die overnight?
    « Reply #3 on: February 12, 2012, 09:00:34 PM »
    When you say "a good size" what exactly would that be?
    maybe just over 2.5in-nice full looking bellys-apart from the one that started losing the weight..(skinny disease?)

    Tank Age?....1 year
    Tank size?....100 litres
    Water test results?...amonia 0.1mg/l   nitrite0.0mg/l   nitrate 0mg/l  ph 8.5
    Which lfs? a local one in essex-not pets at home etc but a properly run family shop

     other fish in tank are
     2 3in clown loaches,3 guppys,2 zebras,3 neons,3mollies,2platys 1 flash pleco,
     1 sailfin leopard pleco(3in)
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    Re: why do seeming healthy fish just die overnight?
    « Reply #4 on: February 13, 2012, 11:02:58 AM »
    Had you had the mollies and swordtails for a year? If so, it does sound like old age, and the "skinny" one, was that a female perchance?

    (BTW, the tank isn't big enough to raise clown loaches properly, and they should be kept in bigger groups)
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    Re: why do seeming healthy fish just die overnight?
    « Reply #5 on: February 16, 2012, 09:28:00 AM »

     yup swordtails were full size when bought,and the mollie was a female-had given birth to a few "litters" i had read that 2-3 years is about average for most of the livebearers-we have had the mollies for a year and they were not small then ...
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    Re: why do seeming healthy fish just die overnight?
    « Reply #6 on: February 16, 2012, 12:50:30 PM »
    Most livebearers that get sold are about a year old. Anything over 2 years is a bonus really, so it sounds about their time unfortunately :(
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    Re: why do seeming healthy fish just die overnight?
    « Reply #7 on: February 16, 2012, 01:50:59 PM »
    The Molly I bought died after about 18 months, the offspring I have left is about a year old and not yet at the size the original one was when I bought it so I'd agree with plankton