Mysterious Deaths and Fish Euthanizing?

Anniestells

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(this is copy pasted from a message i added to a separate thread of mine

My female cherry barb was looking really good after being medicated and healing, and I went on an overnight. Less than 24 hrs between seeing her and the fungus had spread about a half inch across her body, and she cannot swim. One of my Cory cats died as well, with nothing visibly wrong with him- he was behaving normally before I left too. I did a 50% water change and removed the dead fish. I have no idea what I should do next. I feel like physically my barb will not recover (she could have grown back her tail, but not her entire back half). Would euthanizing her be the best/most humane thing to do? Another one of my barbs looks like his back is sort of crooked oddly too.

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I feel so terrible and guilty about this because when I got these fish they were stressed and living poorly. I managed to turn that around and my tank was so healthy. 6 months of happiness in my tank until I added the cats and now practically everyone has died. Fish keeping was never this sad of an experience before. I’m starting to wonder if I should just return all of the healthy fish in this tank to the store/friends and euthanize the fish who look sick. Any advice wijld
 
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Anniestells said:
(this is copy pasted from a message i added to a separate thread of mine

My female cherry barb was looking really good after being medicated and healing, and I went on an overnight. Less than 24 hrs between seeing her and the fungus had spread about a half inch across her body, and she cannot swim. One of my Cory cats died as well, with nothing visibly wrong with him- he was behaving normally before I left too. I did a 50% water change and removed the dead fish. I have no idea what I should do next. I feel like physically my barb will not recover (she could have grown back her tail, but not her entire back half). Would euthanizing her be the best/most humane thing to do? Another one of my barbs looks like his back is sort of crooked oddly too.

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I feel so terrible and guilty about this because when I got these fish they were stressed and living poorly. I managed to turn that around and my tank was so healthy. 6 months of happiness in my tank until I added the cats and now practically everyone has died. Fish keeping was never this sad of an experience before. I’m starting to wonder if I should just return all of the healthy fish in this tank to the store/friends and euthanize the fish who look sick. Any advice wijld
Update:

I euthanized her. She stopped swimming and tilted to her side, after trying to hide inside plant leaves and under my log. Rip little girl you were so strong
 

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Regarding the fish that died with no obvious symptoms, are you using liquid carbon (Excel or similar)?
 

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