Hey everyone, let me start my story.
I tried selling my L144 pair, and after a few weeks of not selling, I decided to keep em. I went up to BA Hamilton and saw they had a few nice L144 females for sale. I decided to pick up 2 females.
I got home and put them into a Q-tank, after a week of nothing noticeably wrong, I saw some small specs on the fins, and I called BA to find out what it could be, I was told "All of ours seem to have these and had them for a while, it appears to be just the way the fish is and not to be worried". So, I waited another 5 days, the spots didn't get worse, so I put the females with my pair in a 30 long planted, tons of saves/wood and shrimps. A few days went by, all seemed happy.
Yesterday morning, I woke up and ALL of my L144 fry were GONE, not dead, GONE, about 20-30, 2 week old fry. All the adult's looked healthy and fine, no shrimp loses, all shrimps molting, breeding, eating, grazing and happy.
This morning, 1 of the females I purchased is DEAD, her fins white and torn up, the other females fins are white and torn up, her eye's are sinking in. I quickly removed them and the alive but on the edge of death female is in a bucket with an airstone....
Now, I have no idea why this would have happened, I can only assume it had something to do with the females I purchased. As for over a year my L144 tank has had NO issues.
My friend said he was at BA a few hours ago, and the tank of L144 was almost completely empty, if they all sold or died I wouldn't know.
My remaining 2 L144 pair seem to be okay right now, but I am seriously worried.
Nitrate - 5-10ppm
Nitrite - 0
PH - 7.8
40-60% bi-daily W/C, treated with Nutrafin water conditioner
1 Sponge filter(for baby shrimps to feed easy)
1 30G Hob with carbon and filter foam (Changed both today as a safety measure)
PLEASE help! Picture is of alive female right now.
Thanks a bunch.. hopefully I can savage what I have left in the tank without any more deaths...
PS: I think I'm done buying livestock from boxstores... going to stick with breeders..