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    Guppies

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    No matter how many my guppies died.. will never never give up.. 2005 resolution .. have a planted tank with guppies

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    Good on you mate!
    But you should find out the reason why they keep dying to minimise further loses.

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    hhmm... tail rot off... but only for males. Maybe females have shorter tail?
    Have asked the uncle at the fish farm, told me to add some *yellow powder* I hope the tank get stabilise soon

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    Dorothy,
    I suspect it could be PH shock. They call this disease FIN ROT, and it is
    very common in guppies especially to males. It can wipe out the whole
    tank of guppies within 3 days.

    Quote Originally Posted by dorothy
    hhmm... tail rot off... but only for males. Maybe females have shorter tail?
    Have asked the uncle at the fish farm, told me to add some *yellow powder* I hope the tank get stabilise soon

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    Dorothy,

    Does the male guppies have their tail rot die in a day or 2? The entire tail gets "eaten" up very quickly.

    If so, then it's a secondary infection from a disease called columnaris. Very contagious. Yellow powder alone does not help. A combination of potassium permanganate treatment and Furan might work. But it's a lot of work.

    Here's an interesting link on columnaris for you.

    http://article.discusnews.com/cat-02/columnaries.shtml

    Alternatively, it might be easier to take all the fish out and "bleach" the tank and decoration. And treat the fishes with Potassium Permanganate. That should put a stop the the epidemic.

    Here's a link on using potasium permanganate.

    http://article.discusnews.com/cat-02/pp.shtml

    If you have access to antibiotics, that might be an easier solution, but they are not easy to find.

    Be careful where you get your fishes from. Hope to see you guppy planted tank soon!!

    Cheers,
    I have dwarf cichlids in my tanks! Do you?

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    used to have a lot, but due to their extreme high breeding rate, given up.
    now only keep a few for fun (if not wrong should be F3)

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    i find that those red fin is harder to breed compared to other color.
    dunno why, just my personal experience....
    any comment?

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    Dorothy,

    Does you guppies look like that in the early stages of the "fin rot"?



    Notice that the soft rays are still intact. In the final stages, the whole tail is gone and you can see the beginining of the soft rays protruding out of the caudal peduncle. If so, then you have a confirmed case of columnaris infection.

    Cheers,
    I have dwarf cichlids in my tanks! Do you?

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    Benny, on my experience with this disease, it attacks those with weaker
    resistance mostly adult males guppies but less incident with juveniles or
    female.

    I have a case, it wipe out my entire male adult guppies within 3 days
    but all young males survive in the same tank.

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    my tank has now stabilised. I found the reason for the tail problem.

    Number one is water not stable, did not use conditioner at that time. Obviously aged water is not good enuff. I dun have the problem anymore since I started using conditioner

    Secondly, got rid of a longkang shrimp which I presume was busy nipping at the guppies tail when they are sleeping on the moss at night


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    Dorothy,
    I use Nutrafin water conditioner everytime I change water in
    my guppy tanks, and so far good result.



    Quote Originally Posted by dorothy
    my tank has now stabilised. I found the reason for the tail problem.

    Number one is water not stable, did not use conditioner at that time. Obviously aged water is not good enuff. I dun have the problem anymore since I started using conditioner

    Secondly, got rid of a longkang shrimp which I presume was busy nipping at the guppies tail when they are sleeping on the moss at night


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