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Old 03-09-2005, 05:37 AM   #11 (permalink)
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thats easy some really nice kribs (which i've always liked till then) they promptly breed and took over half the tank for themselves forcing all the other fish up one end,
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First: Siamese Algae Eaters! By far the most over rated algae eater in planted tanks. Once they get a taste for fish food (other than algae) they are worthless and they are very difficult to catch.

Second: Cardinal Tetras from a LFS. The fish had an initial mortality rate of 50% in the first week. Thought it was the GH of 10 that may have contributed to their demise. Moved the remaining 6 to an RO tank (GHand KH of 3 degrees) and returned the dead fish for 6 more and those died within a few days, taking 3 more with them. While the store has a decent guarantee, it does not apply to replacement fish. Now I have 3 Cardinal Tetras that ended up costing me $12 each!!! I like Cardinals, but not that much
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Definately the two CAE's I bought last year. They barely touched the algae, instead they went after my Gouramis!
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Besides the pencilfish? haha
That would be the beautiful group of Praecox that died slow, ugly deaths, one by one.
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Second: Cardinal Tetras from a LFS. The fish had an initial mortality rate of 50% in the first week.
Was that about three years ago or so? There was a bug going around the wholesalers at the time, so of course I decided to stock my 90 gallon and bought a bag of 50. All dead in a week. The LFS went through several -hundred- before stopping. Out of the 100 or so I bought, I now have about ten.

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I regret getting Clown Loaches now. Feels like selling them, but I paid 7+ for each and I have six. They're in my 75G Planted tank. I hate it when they tear up my plants.
SAE, yes they're overrated and they don't eat hair algae, but my 3 trio is always grazing at algae so I am satisfied with them. Florida FLagfish is the fish I would recommend getting for hair algae.

Second is Puffer (T. Turgdvis) who lives in a 30 Gallon by himself. Its a planted tank so I am suffering from Brown Algae.
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Was that about three years ago or so? There was a bug going around the wholesalers at the time, so of course I decided to stock my 90 gallon and bought a bag of 50. All dead in a week. The LFS went through several -hundred- before stopping. Out of the 100 or so I bought, I now have about ten.

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No, it was in January of this year. Very disheartening. I love the look of these fish mixed with German Blue Rams. Their colors go so well together.
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You want a story of really bad fish epidemic? I work for a chain of LFS (not mentioning name, don't want to be giving the store bad press and get caught! I like my job).
Anyway, one of our sister stores had a Disaster of apocalyptic proportions. They had just gotten their weekly order of fish in, about $1000 just for the order, not including what they already had. Something must have come in on the shipment. Their entire stock of fish, in every tank along wall, died within a few days I think it was.
Not sure what they said it was, but my manager said they might have to rip out the entire fish system (and I mean to the last water hose, airstone and all, and this thing takes up the entire wall of the store) and replace it. How's that for a regrettable fish purchase?
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My stupidest purchase wasn't necessarily a dumb one or an uneducated one, but it certainly resulted in the loss of a lot of money.

I bought five more rhombo barbs a couple weeks ago to supplement my existing school, which I thought needed some fattening. The ich they brough with them killed EVERYTHING IN THE TANK except for two Microrasbora kubotai (what the heck am I going to do with TWO?) and my trio of Betta imbellis.

I'm still kind of livid over the whole mess, I like to think of myself as a fishkeeper who should have known better
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yeah i feel for you error i've made that same mistake with the same dire results, they way i look at it as long as you learn from it, it's a valuable(albiet costly) lesson, and everybody has made them.
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