My last clutch of super reds who are about 2 weeks old from hatch seem to be dying, I lose about 2-3 a day. They're last clutch of 30, I only ended up with 3, who are now an inch +....
This clutch was about 30 too, but I am now down to about 10...
I notice that if they are about to die, they swim very weird and wiggle everywhere. They also appear to be very thin and pale. I assume this is because they are not eating?
After they die, I also notice a small red like dot near the top of the stomach?
20 gal long
fluval plant substrate
lots of driftwood
5 cherry shrimp and 3 platinum halfbeaks
10% Water change every other day.
All parameter's seem to be fine:
Ammonia and NitrIte = 0
Nitrate = 10-15
PH = 8ish
GH = 8-9
KH = 5-6
They always have blanched cucumber available
Pea's without skin always available
High protein flake food given 2 times daily, small amounts.
1 shrimp pellet given every 2-3 days
NLS grow given in small amount for my 3 larger super reds bi-daily.
I am NOT over feeding, I feed small amounts and remove what isn't eaten in 2 hours, but I leave the veggie's till gone (takes about 2 days).
I have thought of 2 possible things.
Let me start by saying, I had a trio of albino BN, and was able to raise about 90%+ the clutch to adulthood, same thing goes for a Calico pair I received from Charlie.
So my thought is, is this some sort of genetic problem? Maybe they were bred to the point where they are just so weak during the fry stage?
Do I need to remove my driftwood? I understand it is like fiber to BN, so maybe the driftwood at a young age is causing them to lose any food they eat before the body can obsorb useful nutrients?
Any help is appreciated thanks!