Help! New plants and fish are sick!

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I got live plants yesterday andnow the guppies are hanging at the top, wont eat, barely moving! the pregnant one in the net is barely moving, layingon thebottom or hovering near the top! Waetr lvls are ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate5. no spots on the fish, I fed them garlic soaked flakes as an antiparasite(thx dino ) at first one guppy ate now he's sick too. the danios look okay but yesterday they were sitting on the bottom occasionally, thenswimming. I dont want to lose my fish!!!!!!!! :'( :'( :'(

and sorry, my spacebar is being stubborn :-X
 
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and also the gups are trailing sometimes red, sometimes clear and stringy poop. :'( :'( about half and half.
 

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Emma did you do a water change? Never hurts to do a water change Did you dip your plants in bleach solution before putting them in the tank? IF you dipped them did you soak them in heavily dechlored water before putting into the tank. I know I'm babbling but was just running through some of my thoughts
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no i am now regretting that i didntbleach them i will doa water change. one danio died :'( so far...but iwill not give up!
 

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I wouldn't worry that you didn't bleach them, I was just wondering if a bit of bleach that didn't get rinsed off may have gotten into the tank.
You can never go wrong by doing a water change. So at teh first sign of trouble do a water change. Keep us posted please.
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another danio died day b4 yesterday :'( theguppies are at the topof thewater but thedanios look okay.....
myspacebar is actingup again >
 

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You guys are using bleach?!!! Ouch. I didn't think you could do that. aRe we talking about plastic or real plants? I am thinking about planting a few plants? I have the seeds. Do I bleach them also.?? ???
 

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Once one of my Guppies was acting really sick, hanging at the top and clamping her fins and so on. I gave her 2 salt baths and then she was fine. So...try a salt bath. Use a container (I used my clean-water bucket) with tank water, or conditioned tap water at exactly the same temp as the tank, and put in several Tbsp of aquarium (not table!) salt per gallon. Sounds like a lot, but livebearers can handle salt, and Danios are hardy. Leave tham in there until they start showing signs of distress (starting to have a hard time staying upright)...although if they're like my Guppy they'll swim around happily until you fall asleep and plop head first into the bucket I would guess the Danios will need to come out before the Guppies. I wouldn't leave them in there for more than maybe 15 minutes though.
Hey, I've been noticing that my Platies' poop is clear and stringy too, not red though. But they're not acting sick. What's causing this, anyone? ???
 
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too late
the only guppy left is the preg female--she's (thankfully) looking fine, i just wish she would hurry up because my parents think it is all a waste of time and shes not really pregnant(but i know she is, shes big and has a gravid spot)
 

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jim55379 said:
You guys are using bleach?!!!   Ouch.   I didn't think you could do that.  aRe we talking about plastic or real plants?  I am thinking about planting a few plants?  I have the seeds.  Do I bleach them also.??   ???
Don't bleach the seeds. A 19:1 bleach solution (1 part bleach) is used to kill any snail or snail eggs from live plants you buy. You soak them for a minute or 2 so these "hitchhikers" are not introduced into your tank. You must rinse them very well and use lots of dechlor before putting them into your tank.
 
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UGGGGG! the pregnant female died today with no babies!!!! she was in a net breeder, and i check on her a lot so i dont think any fish ate them if she had any! i know she was pregnant bcause she had the gravid spot and was getting fatter.
 

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so that leaves u with a danio and a pleco right I'm sorry about ur fish
 
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thanks :-\ Yep, I now have a danio and a pleco--the danio has the run of the place because the pleco stays under his bridge all day and comes out at night
 

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my pleocs all over my tank all day
 

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Sorry to hear your still losing fish. Maybe you could get the danio a couple of friends now but make sure your water parameters are ok first
Carol
 

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Ok thanks for the advice. ;D





Gunnie said:
jim55379 said:
You guys are using bleach?!!!   Ouch.   I didn't think you could do that.  aRe we talking about plastic or real plants?  I am thinking about planting a few plants?  I have the seeds.  Do I bleach them also.??   ???
Don't bleach the seeds.  A 19:1 bleach solution (1 part bleach) is used to kill any snail or snail eggs from live plants you buy.  You soak them for a minute or 2 so these "hitchhikers" are not introduced into your tank.  You must rinse them very well and use lots of dechlor before putting them into your tank.
 
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