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Re: Stripped Down Tank

>Like KC mentioned...when you saw the fishes gulping for air, I think it's 
>related to a excess CO2 problem, causing O2 deprivation and sudden
>of PH. Pls let us know your CO2, PH and KH levels taken at that point in 
>time if you had.

Hi Roy,
I don't think it was excess CO 2 because that was kept constant all the
time. PH was at 6.8 but did not measure PH and KH. I think it was a
bacteria bloom from the dead suckers decomposing and a slight over feeding
2 days before. When I saw them gulping, I off the CO 2 and added aeration.
>When fishes die, and after several hours (a day?), fungus attack will set 
>in and they will be covered with these white velvety stuff....It may not 
>have necessarily caused its death, but a consequence after death

No, they were covered white and still alive with clamped fins and inactive. 

>When do u mean 'fell sick again'....? Are they gasping for air (oxygen) 
>again...because of too much CO2?

CO 2 was already off and when I said sick, they were covered with Velvety
white stuff and inactive.

>Where the Mollies dead, and then got covered by white stuff...or were 
>they alive, and swimming around with the white stuff...????

No they were not dead, and was swimming but not active. In fact, after the
first day, I managed to save all my fishes. Even when they were all white,
I put them in fresh water with Malachite Green/salt and within one hour,
they'd be fine with the white stuff gone, and eager to eat again... strange.

Thanks for replying. Any other ideas? Anyway. I have re-set up my tank.
Question. Will my plants harbour any pathogens or bacteria after a 10 min
potassium permanganate dip and will my fishes be safe to go back into the
new tank after if matures! Answers please.

Kenny Song
Penang, Malaysia 
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