Please Help Me Identify Whether Or Not These Neons Have Neon-tetra-disease!

Ethannn

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I bought these Neon Tetras a couple hours ago at PetSmart and after finding out about the disease, I became very skeptical about releasing these guys into my 40 gallon in case I endanger my 10 cherry barbs. I also remember seeing a dead fish in the PetSmart tank, which makes me even more skeptical. Do you guys think its fine? Or should I refund them tomorrow?
 
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Lucy

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HI welcome to FishLore!
Why do you think they have neon tetra disease? Their color looks faded in the bottom picture but it's very likely from the stress from being netting, bagged and transported.

In my opinion, it would be a good idea to quarantine any new fish for at least for several weeks anyway.You wouldn't wat to expose your existing stock to any underlying illness.
 
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Ethannn

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Hey Lucy! Thanks for the welcome!
I know it isn't very responsible of me, but I don't have a quarantine tank where I can keep them for that amount of time. I am only eighteen which limits my funds greatly. =(

Moving on to why I am skeptical about these fish. After hearing that the Neon Tetra Disease can be communicated when these fish consume dead bodies, I suddenly had a flashback of a dead tetra in the Petsmart Aquarium I bought them from. Other than that, I don't see any immediate symptoms of the disease. Perhaps I am being too paranoid.

As of now, I am thinking about releasing them into the little floating divider tank I have and see their conditions tomorrow? Do you think this is the optimal solution to this issue?
 

DoubleDutch

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The one in the right corner definitely isn't allright. Looks like the neon specific columnaris-strain. If so, your other fish won't be in danger. Personally I'd bring them back as fast as possible.
 
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Lucy

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DoubleDutch said:
The one in the right corner definitely isn't allright. Looks like the neon specific columnaris-strain. If so, your other fish won't be in danger. Personally I'd bring them back as fast as possible.
You've got a better eye than I do. I don't see a fish in the right corner. lol Are you talking about the second picture?
What specifically are you seeing?
 

DoubleDutch

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First pic, fish on the right Lucy. I see white edges on the fins and possible on the body (that could be the pic btw)
Lucy said:
You've got a better eye than I do. I don't see a fish in the right corner. lol Are you talking about the second picture?
What specifically are you seeing?
 
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smee82

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I see it too its got an upside down reflection above it.

I would never buy fish from a tank with dead fish.
 
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Lucy

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DoubleDutch said:
First pic, fish on the right Lucy. I see white edges on the fins and possible on the body (that could be the pic btw)
Oh, I see, thanks. Also possibly the one next to it?
 

DoubleDutch

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Yes also whitish stuff in the fins.
Lucy said:
Oh, I see, thanks. Also possibly the one next to it?
 
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stella1979

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I also think I see some white stuff, as well as a ragged tail and possibly a bent spine on the fish at the top right of the first pic. It could be the angle I suppose, but if there is whitish stuff and/or a bent spine in any of these fish then that is indeed a cause for concern.
 

DoubleDutch

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stella1979 said:
I also think I see some white stuff, as well as a ragged tail and possibly a bent spine on the fish at the top right of the first pic. It could be the angle I suppose, but if there is whitish stuff and/or a bent spine in any of these fish then that is indeed a cause for concern.
Looking at the reflection it has a white part in its body / back !
 

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